NRI receives $6.4 million collaborative grant to advance autism, epilepsy research

A $6.4 million collaborative grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help scientists at the Jan and Dan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) at Texas Children’s accelerate research and clinical care for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

NRI researchers Dr. David Nelson and Dr. Huda Zoghbi, director of the NRI, successfully received grant renewal from the NIH to expand Baylor College of Medicine’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), one of only three IDD centers to be funded nationwide.

This generous award will help IDDRC add several new core services in the areas of clinical translation, rodent neurobehavior, neurovisulaization/imaging and neuroconnectivity. The funding will also support preclinical research to develop innovative genetic treatments for Angelman syndrome, and help scientists uncover the genetic causes of autism, epilepsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, which could lead to better therapies or possibly a cure in the future.

Baylor’s IDDRC is among the few IDD centers in the nation to receive continuous funding from the NIH. Researchers from the NRI and the Texas Medical Center will benefit from this grant.

To learn more about the NRI at Texas Children’s, click here. For more information about the IDDRC at Baylor, click here.