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

Square Feet of Interdisciplinary Clinical Service Space for ASD/DD
(pedabyte) of Expected Data in Dedicated Computer Storage
In Development Related Research Funds

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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Deep Dive into Neuroscience Discoveries at UVA

From revolutionary stroke and epilepsy research, to infant brain development, to new potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease, neuroscience discoveries at the University of Virginia h

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The next destination for the University of Virginia School of Medicine’s efforts to help people with autism learn to drive: virtual reality.


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