Mission & Vision

One of only 15 centers of its kind, the Waisman Center is dedicated to advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the life course. Our team of researchers, scientists, clinicians, and staff seek to answer many questions about the causes and consequences of developmental disabilities like autism, Down syndrome, and fragile X, and neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's, ALS, and Alzheimer's, in order to develop cures and treatments for individuals and their families.

A multidisciplinary jewel on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, fifteen specialty clinics, a brain imaging center, a model inclusive preschool program, and a clinical biomanufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to our research efforts, the Waisman Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers early intervention, educational and outreach programs to young children and families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.