Vittorio Gallo, PhD
William Gaillard, MD
The Administrative Core (AC) plays a pivotal role to ensure that our DC-IDDRC continues to be an efficient, effective, cohesive, and integrated interdisciplinary program for the advancement of IDD research. The AC has played a crucial role in strategic planning, and has taken a leading role in developing and coordinating several new DC-IDDRC programs. The objectives of the AC can be summarized in five categories – Administration, Research, Training and Education, Advocacy, and Dissemination. These categories overlap with each other and are interdependent:
- Administration: (a) Overall vision, strategic planning, evaluation and coordination of all Center activities; (b) Budget management and resource allocation; (c) Review and supervision of new project admissions to DC-IDDRC and utilization of cores; (d) Management of DC-IDDRC Pilot Research Awards; (e) Organizing Executive Committee Meetings; and Internal and External Advisory Committee meetings.
- Research: (a) Assure efficiency and cost-effectiveness of research cores; (b) Assure quality control of core research services; (c) Identify new technologies for core services; (d) Ensure relevance of supported projects to all areas of IDDR; (e) Facilitate new faculty recruitment; and (f) Foster and promote translational research and transdisciplinary collaborations among investigators at the participating institutions.
- Education and Training: (a) Provide administrative support and supervision for training grants (IDDRC T32 and Cerebral Palsy Center awards); (b) Attract and recruit junior investigators to the DC-IDDR training programs; (c) Facilitate the work of mentors within our training programs; (d) Support and oversee career development activities of DC-IDDRC trainees (grant writing, research projects; presentations, publications); (e) Organize DC-IDDRC Seminars and meetings with invited speakers to promote a sense of “IDDR Community of Scholars” across the participating institutions; (f) Participate in the organization of all DC-IDDRC-related lectures and seminars.
- Advocacy: (a) Represent the DC-IDDRC community to institutional leaders and administrators to ensure financial support and space for growth; (c) Obtain philanthropic support for our DC-IDDRC (d) Enhance visibility of DC-IDDRC-related work and discoveries with communication media; and (d) Serve as a powerful advocate for IDDR in Congress and the Executive branch.
- Dissemination: Communicate our research findings by (a) Developing a robust DC-IDDRC website with information about ongoing research, participation in specific clinical trials, educational activities; b) Linking the DC-IDDRC portal to others in the IDDRC/NICHD network; b) Providing webcasts and archives on the website of all DC-IDDRC lectures/seminars; c) Being active on Facebook, Twitter and other social media to engage young investigators in IDDR; d) Promoting scientific publications of DC-IDDRC investigators.