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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
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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.

In the News

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Meghan Puglia is an assistant professor of neurology. She and several other researchers are going to try to find out what markers there are in DNA that could indicate a child has autism.

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Lead author and postdoctoral student Emily Loeb found that pairs of young people in good relationships may see improved grades as they transition from middle to high school, a time when m

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The inaugural Research Achievement Awards featured University leaders handing out 13 honors to UVA’s most outstanding researchers working on projects ranging from education policy to prec