Intellectual and Developmental
Disabilities Research Center


About the IDDRC at CHOP/Penn

The IDDRC at CHOP/Penn has been a leader in advancing IDD research for over 28 years. Novel concepts and technologies, many of them barely imaginable 28 years ago, today are a “routine” component in the vocabulary of medical research. Our Center wholeheartedly embraced these innovations, which we considered a boon toward realization of our mission: to discover the causes of IDD and use this knowledge to improve the outcome of affected people. Our purpose is to remain at the cutting edge of IDD research and to collaborate with our users and the IDDRC Network to shape the future of the field.

Our Mission

  • Our mission is to enable research that enhances understanding of:
  • The causes of intellectual and developmental disabilities;
  • The impact of these tragic disorders on the affected child and his or her family; and
  • The translation of this knowledge into treatments that alleviate suffering and maximize individual potential

In order to fulfill our ambitious mission, our Center has set forth the following goals:


The IDDRC will support a research project as well as state-of-the-art core research facilities.

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The IDDRC will support the recruitment and training of young investigators who embrace IDD-related research as a career mission.

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The IDDRC will continue as the primary CHOP/Penn agency for the promotion of IDD-Related Research.

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The IDDRC will actively and creatively participate in the IDDRC Network.

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