Through its five mission-focused areas of research encompassing 25 laboratories, the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) focuses on the causes of developmental disabilities and furthers the understanding of brain development and pathology. IBR's goals are to provide the means to diagnose, prevent and treat developmental disabilities more effectively.
The Institute also provides extensive, specialized biomedical, psychological and laboratory services to people with developmental disabilities and their families, and educates the public, researchers and health and education professionals regarding the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of developmental disabilities. IBR's George A. Jervis Clinic offers specialized diagnostic and consultative services for children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
The Specialty Clinical Laboratories at IBR perform molecular diagnostic testing for Fragile X syndrome and Kufs disease.
The goal of the Brain and Tissue Bank is to provide anonymous coded postmortem tissue samples for neuropathological, biochemical and genetic studies concentrating on diagnostic biomarkers, mechanisms, prevention and treatment of autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, epilepsy, intellectual deficits, chronic traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders. To increase access of researchers to material from rare developmental disorders, the Bank has distributed brain sections from a collection of half-million preserved serial sections.
Federal and state support and donations of the brains of people affected by neurodevelopmental disorders and of non-affected people are crucial for further progress in research on developmental disabilities and their prevention and treatment.
Organ donations are welcomed. To learn more about the Brain and Tissue Bank, contact Jerzy Wegiel, VMD, PhD, Director, [email protected]