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Postdoctoral Training in Translational IDD Research

Friday, May 8, 2009

photograph of Kate Saunders

This new five-year grant received by Kate Saunders, Ph.D., is funded by the National Institute on Health. The grant start date is July 1, 2009. John Colombo, Ph.D. is co-director.

Project faculty include Drs. Steven Barlow, Nancy Brady, Judith Carta, Hugh Catts, Marc Fey, Stephen Fowler, Charles Greenwood, Todd Little, Joseph Steinmetz, Steven Warren and Dean Williams.

Kate Saunders and John Colombo, both highly skilled researchers who hold outstanding track records mentoring trainees, are in the midst of preparations to co-direct their new Postdoctoral Training in Translational Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Research program. Noting that the focus on translational research in IDD is a national priority, Dr. Saunders says, “The objective of this postdoctoral training program is to promote the development of the next generation of researchers who address the problems of intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

The program’s goal is to support a broad, interdisciplinary perspective that integrates basic research with application. Progress in understanding and treating IDD will require a translational research effort that entails not only the flow of knowledge from basic research to the solution of clinical problems, but also the laboratory investigation of the behavioral and biological mechanisms that underlie these problems. That is, the transformational cycles of science result at the intersection of basic and applied research.

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