Founded more than 50 years ago, the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center has long been at the forefront of research on normal and abnormal brain development. The overarching mission of the Center is to improve the lives of children with intellectual disabilities by fostering basic, translational and clinical research focused on better understanding and treating these conditions.

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Research Program Highlights

  • When It Comes To the Rarest of Diseases, the Diagnosis Isn't the Answer—It's Just the Starting Point

    Steven Walkley, D.V.M., Ph.D., and Melissa Wasserstein, M.D., write about the science behind rare diseases and the research and clinical care that Einstein and Montefiore experts provide to families of children with uncommon genetic disorders. Dr. Walkley is co-director of the Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center and professor in the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience, of pathology, and in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology. Dr. Wasserstein is professor of pediatrics and of genetics at Einstein and chief of the division of pediatric genetic medicine at Einstein and Montefiore.

  • Oral Contraception Linked to Smaller Hypothalamus

    Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., discusses his study, presented as an abstract at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting, on the association between oral contraception use and the size of the brain’s hypothalamus. Dr. Lipton is professor of radiology and associate director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Einstein, and director of MRI Services at Montefiore.