Research Themes

The Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center's four research themes evolved from a few collaborative projects into major research enterprises under the guidance of some of the Center’s research leaders. Our Themes today remain vibrant, generative, and growing, primarily because of the strong leadership qualities of our Theme Leaders.

Theme 1: Language, Communication Disorders and Cognition in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is led by Nancy C. Brady, Ph.D.


Theme 2: Risk, Intervention, and Prevention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is led by Steven F. Warren, Ph.D.


Theme 3: Neurobiology of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is led by Randolp J. Nudo, Ph.D.


Theme 4: Cellular and Molecular Biology of Early Development is led by Lane Christenson, Ph.D.


The Theme Leaders are responsible for scientific leadership within their respective areas; this includes promoting collaborative research projects and initiatives, representing their thematic area, coordinating thematic seminars, and advising the Center Directors of new opportunities, changes in research directions, problems impacting Theme research, issues concerning resources, and other matters.

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