Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development is a Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (EKS IDDRC) dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons with disorders of thinking, learning, perception, communication, mood and emotion caused by disruption of typical development.

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The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Research Centers Web Portal

The portal is a password-protected, private, interactive website designed to enhance communication among researchers affiliated with the national network of Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (EKSIDDRCs).

  • Searchable directory of all EKSDDRCs, including a description of each center, its cores, and detailed profiles of investigators highlighting their research and areas of expertise
  • Interactive modules for news and events where users can view and post items of interest to the EKSIDDRC community, including a regularly updated list of grant opportunities
  • Libraries to store and share documents such as meeting notes, articles, conference proceedings and information on studies currently underway. Each library includes a document management system for collaboration on research, proposals and publications produced within and among EKSIDDRCs.
  • Discussion boards for conversing about topics of interest to research teams and staff of individual centers or the entire EKSIDDRC network.
  • Private "mini-portals" for self-organizing research sub-networks of any size to form "virtual" work groups on specific topics related to developmental disabilities