Intellectual and Developmental
Disabilities Research Center

Administrative Core


Center Directors: Michael B. Robinson, Ph.D. ( and Robert Schultz, Ph.D. (
Associate Director: Marc Yudkoff, M.D.
Center Administrator: Kristen Pidgeon, M.S. (

The Administrative Core provides the leadership and coordination that has made the Center an effective and cohesive vehicle to advance IDDRC-related research at CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania for over 29 years.

To support our ongoing funding, IDDRC members are expected to cite* our Center ("Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center" - NIH/NICHD U54 HD086984) in all publications that result from work supported by one or more of our Core facilities.**

*The grant must also be associated with publications in "My Bibliography" on PubMed/NCBI.
**Publications must be compliant with the NIH Public Access Policy.

The Administrative Core provides oversight for overall Center function, including the research, educational and advocacy missions. The core executes these roles through the following activities:

  • Overall governance of the IDDRC
  • Communications with NICHD, including submission of annual progress reports
  • Circulation of all relevant announcements
  • Management of the IDDRC budget
  • Organization and convening of the Internal and External Advisory Committees
  • Enable inter-IDDRC collaborations through the Mid-Atlantic Research Consortium (MAC)
  • Oversee admission of new projects to the Center
  • Ongoing assessment of core services, including regular reviews of user satisfaction
  • Bring in new research services when requested by users
  • Organize Monthly IDDRC Seminar and the Monthly "Chalk Talk" Series
  • Administer IDDRC-sponsored awards, including the Alavi-Dabiri Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, New Program Development, Supplemental Support of Neuroscience training for Clinicians, and the McMorris Postdoctoral Fellowship in Autism Training
  • Support the institutional T32 Training Grant in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (T32 NS007413)
  • Participate in IDDRC Network to advance agenda of IDD Branch of NICHD
  • Promote recruitments of high-quality investigators in field of IDD-related research
  • Foster inter-disciplinary IDD-related research by working with Administration to create Centers of Excellence
  • Collaborate with community support/patient groups, to:
    • Advocate for their needs
    • Sponsor educational seminars for a lay audience
    • Create and support opportunities for families to gather and exchange information
    • Advise support groups regarding latest scientific advances
  • Work with departments of health (NJ, PA, DE) to improve newborn screening services for inherited disease.