The objective of the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) Administrative Core is to direct and coordinate the activities of the BCM IDDRC in a manner which will meet the overall objectives of the Center, including:
- To enhance activities at BCM aimed at understanding intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) by encouraging and focusing research efforts on etiology, diagnosis, prevention, pathogenesis, and intervention of IDD,
- To continue to promote a multidisciplinary approach to IDD research by enhancing interactions among Center investigators and by continuing to develop and apply leading edge technologies,
- To enhance the productivity of project investigators through effective and efficient research core units and to accelerate translational research efforts through animal models,
- To recruit new investigators into the field of IDD research through scientific interactions with Center investigators and by providing the infrastructure for a multidisciplinary approach through the IDDRC core facilities; and,
- To promote scientific and collaborative interactions with investigators outside BCM who have demonstrated a major commitment to study and treat IDD.
The Administrative Core will continue to meet these objectives through the administration of funds awarded to the IDDRC. The Administrative Core will also actively seek additional funding for IDD research and will assist new investigators in applications for individual awards to agencies and foundations that are most appropriate.
The organizational chart of the BCM IDDRC outlines the administrative responsibilities of the director, the associate director, and the Administrative Core to the research cores and individual research projects. Due to the number of research projects approved for access to cores in the BCM IDDRC, we have represented them by their thematic topics, with a number in parentheses indicating the number of individual projects supported within each theme.
Huda Zoghbi, M.D., has been the director of the BCM IDDRC for more than thirteen years and will continue in that capacity. She is a board-certified pediatric neurologist with abundant research accomplishments. She brings interest in and experience with numerous human genetic disorders with intellectual disability as a component. She has a particular interest in Rett syndrome. Dr. Zoghbi is Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, Neurosciences and Molecular and Human Genetics and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and has received numerous awards for her work in understanding the etiology of neurological diseases.
David L. Nelson, Ph.D., is the associate director of the BCM IDDRC. Dr. Nelson is a human molecular geneticist who brings extensive experience and interest in cognitive disability to the IDDRC through his activities in characterizing the Fragile X syndrome, FRAXE syndrome and Incontinentia Pigmenti genes and their products. Dr. Nelson assists Dr. Zoghbi and the other investigators of the IDDRC to maintain the smooth operation of the various activities and cores. He brings administrative experience to the position from his prior service as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded BCM Human Genome Sequencing Center (BCM-HGSC). He also serves as director of the BCM-Emory Fragile X Research Center.
Dr. Zoghbi and Dr. Nelson will report to and be assisted by the Administrative and Scientific Advisory committee (ASAC).