History

1970 photo Eunice & Ted Kennedy, Dr. Adams & Dr. Farrell
Photo © UPI/Landov

The IDDRC has been a leader in intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) research for more than four decades:

  • From 1970 to 2000, the IDDRC was located entirely at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Mental Retardation in Waltham, Mass.
  • The Shriver Center was one of 12 original Mental Retardation Research Centers (MRRCs) established under PL 88-164; its training and service partner, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) was established at about the same time.
  • The Shriver Center merged with UMass Medical School in May 2000, integrating IDDRC and UCEDD within the Medical School operations as part of a multi-year plan; the plan was competed circa 2007. Most IDDRC operations were centralized on the main Worcester campus; satellite operations continued on the Waltham campus.
  • The Shriver Center Walthm campus closed in November 2013 and relocated to the main campus of the UMass Medical School in Worcester, including the remainder of the IDDRC operations.  
The Center’s founders, including Raymond Adams (far left in photo), Hugo Moser and Murray Sidman, designed and pursued a multidisciplinary program of IDD-relevant basic and applied biomedical, biobehavioral and behavioral science. The current program continues to pursue that agenda.