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Welcome to the Center for Healthy Brain Development

Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) are disorders that typically appear before adulthood and negatively impact the trajectory of an individual's development, often with respect to their intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, that may manifest across multiple body systems. However, a lack of predictive biomarkers perpetuates the status quo of inexact treatments, wasted time and resources, and failures to optimize progress for children and families. Thus, the Center for Healthy Brain Development is committed to improve outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by collaborating across grounds for progress across the commonwealth of Virginia. We aim to do so through research and translation, clinical care and training, and policy and partnerships.

Research Data

212
k
Square Feet of Interdisciplinary Clinical Service Space for ASD/DD
1
PB
(pedabyte) of Expected Data in Dedicated Computer Storage
$73
M
In Development Related Research Funds
THE RESEARCH TEAM

Learn about the research personnel at the University of Virginia and what we do.

The brain is the only organ not fully developed at birth.

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University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have shed new light on how our brains develop, revealing that the very last step in cell division is crucial for the brain to reach i

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UVA Children’s is one of 20 leading autism care centers joining the national 

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New research has shed light on how autism-spectrum disorder manifests in the brains of girls, prompting the scientists to warn that conclusions drawn from studies conducted primarily in b