Behavioral Science Core
Brain Imaging Core
Cellular Morphology Core
Animal Behavior Core
Instrument Development Laboratory Core
Collaborative Research Areas
on Human Development and Disability has established 11 Collaborative Research Areas (CRAs). They are cross-disciplinary and reflect
a significant research investment by CHDD's Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
include specific disorders such as autism and epilepsy,
classes of disorders such as neurodegenerative disorders,
and classes of factors likely to produce atypical development
such as ecological factors
and developmental toxicology.
Each CRA has a coordinator who encourages
research in his or her CRA, strengthens its interdisciplinary components,
identifies unique needs associated with each area, adds new members
as needed, and makes connections to clinical activities where appropriate.
Special CRA seminars are organized to further stimulate collaboration
and new developments.
A number of CRAs have built upon groups
that have already obtained substantial research support for multidisciplinary
research, such as fetal alcohol syndrome,
autism, Fragile X syndrome, developmental toxicology and craniofacial
malformations. The CRA structure also provides a useful mechanism
for promoting connections among CRAs themselves, as many scientific
questions and methodological problems and solutions clearly extend
to many groups.
The Collaborative Research Areas are: