Research Topics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six children in the US has a developmental disability, such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, fragile X syndrome, epilepsy, ADHD, and many rare genetic disorders. These conditions begin prenatally or early in life, affect a child's development in multiple and significant ways, and last indefinitely. Neurodegenerative diseases cause the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain, such as Parkinson's and ALS. They can emerge unexpectedly at any time during one's course of life. These diseases also affect a person's life in many significant ways and often result in death.

Your gift to the Waisman Center will help researchers continue to study the genetic basis of developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases, explore the biological mechanisms underlying such conditions, search for ways to improve the lives of affected children and adults and the lives of their families, and develop treatments and interventions through biomedical, behavioral, and educational research.

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Alexander Disease Mental Health / Emotional Development
Autism Parkinson's Disease
Brain Imaging: MRI, PET Pediatric Brain Injury
Cerebral Palsy PKU (Phenylketonuria)
Child Development Prenatal and Postnatal Risk and Prematurity
Down Syndrome Rett Syndrome
Educational Interventions Speech & Language Development
Epidemiology Spinal Cord Injury
Fetal Alcohol Exposure Stem Cells
Fragile X Syndrome Vision
Hearing Impairments