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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.
- It is 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.
- It 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 are now centralized on the main Worcester campus; satellite operations continue on the Waltham campus.
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.