Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND), at Children's Seashore House of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, is a national training initiative funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The LEND program at Children's Hospital has been in operation since 1992, and is one of 43 LEND programs in 37 states. The mandate of MCHB is "to improve the health of mothers, infants, children and adolescents, including those with disabilities and chronic illnesses, with special attention to those of low income or with limited availability of health services." Within this broader context of the MCHB mandate, LEND has a threefold mission: leadership, scholarship and partnership.
The Hospital's Training Program in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, was established in 1998 and has been continuously supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The focus of the program is on understanding intellectual and developmental disabilities caused by chromosomal defects, inborn errors of metabolism (aminoacidurias, urea cycle defects, etc.) or hypoxia and trauma (perinatal insult, traumatic brain injury, etc.).
The Alavi-Dabiri Postdoctoral Fellowship Award was established in 1997 and is supported by an endowment fund through the generosity of Drs. Abass and Jane Alavi. The goals of this award are to support a young investigator who has demonstrated excellence in research related to intellectual and developmental disabilities and to honor Mr. Ramin Dabiri, nephew of the Alavis who was born with a disability, as well as Ramin’s parents, Maryam Alavi and John Dabiri.