DC-IDDRC Training Programs
Training Program Description Candidate Criteria
Training Program in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
(T32 HD046388)
PI: V. Gallo, PhD
A collaborative program between: (1) CNHS-lead institution; (2) GWU; (3) HU, and (4) GU. The T32 program currently funds one postdoctoral trainee\annually, principally drawn from the disciplines of pediatrics, neurology, neuroscience, psychology, pharmacology, and genetics. We have added 1-2 trainees/year supported by institutional resources. Trainees spend 100% of their time in research and are assigned to mentor(s) in one of five affinity groups: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Brain Abnormalities, Epilepsy, Inborn Errors of Metabolism/Urea Cycle Disorders (UCD), and Brain Injury (BI)/Regeneration. We have identified investigators who are performing research ranging from animal models to clinical trials in order to give trainees experience in “team science” which we believe is the future of IDDR. Postdoctoral Fellows - MDs, PhDs or MD/PhDs
Cerebral Palsy Center
(Cerebral Palsy Alliance PG1914)
PIs: Anna Penn, MD, Ph.D. and V. Gallo, PhD
It provides salary support for postdoctoral trainees working on CP and preterm brain injury. It supports pairing of additional clinical and laboratory trainees on collaborative CP-related projects. Monthly meetings of the CP program bring together several specialties to encourage interaction between clinical and lab-based IDDRC investigators through presentations and exploration of collaborative opportunities. CNHS Clinical and Research Fellows
Pilot Research Grants Program (PRGP)
Directors: V. Gallo, PhD and W. Gaillard, MD
This program targets a broad range of disciplines and levels of inquiry ranging from basic to translational to clinical to population- based research with a special emphasis on brain disorders of childhood. Research supported through this mechanism should provide critical preliminary data to support an extramural research application within two years of completion of this award. PIs must be faculty members at DC-IDDRC institutions. Faculty Members at CNHS, GW, HU or GU

DC-IDDRC Seminars and Lectures
Title Topic Frequency Director
IDDRC Seminar Series The most important of all IDDR seminar series/educational activities at CNHS. It brings together researchers and clinicians from all participating institutions. Highly attended by a diverse audience of trainees, clinicians, clinical scientists and basic/translational investigators. Presentations are highly interdisciplinary - basic, translational and clinical research 4th Thursday of the Month Dr. Vittorio Gallo
Dr. William Gaillard
Soros Lecture A prominent researcher in IDDs who has made  seminal contributions to the field and had a transformative impact on the identification of the causes of neurodevelopmental disorders and management of children - adults with IDDs. Speakers are selected every year by DC-IDDRC faculty. Once a year Dr. Vittorio Gallo
IDDRC T32 Trainee Seminars Unique opportunity for our DC-IDDRC T32 trainees to present their progress to an interdisciplinary audience at least twice a year. Twice a year Dr. Vittorio Gallo
Dr. William Gaillard
Cerebral Palsy Center Lectures Lecture series focused on CP, also bring trainees and established researchers together with 2 major lectures to be given by internationally recognized experts Twice a year Dr. Vittorio Gallo
Dr. Anna Penn
Autism Multi-Disciplinary Seminar Weekly seminar for neuropsychology, speech & language pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry, developmental pediatrics fellows rotating through Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) Weekly Dr. Lauren Kenworthy
GWU & CNHS Neuroscience Seminar Series Location alternates between GWU and CNHS. Faculties at CNHS/GWU nominate potential speakers and a committee makes the final selection. Majority of these seminars has a focus on neurodevelopmental disorders Weekly Dr. Vittorio Gallo
Dr. Anthony Lamantia
Grants Pre-Review Meetings DC-IDDRC investigators and CNHS faculty present and discuss plans for grant submissions in the form of Aims Page or full application Bi-weekly Dr. Vittorio Gallo