NCBDDD, Disability Research and Dissemination Center

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The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), USC Arnold School of Public Health and SUNY Upstate Medical University established the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) Coordinating Center for Research and Training to Promote the Health of People with Developmental and Other Disabilities which was awarded on October 1, 2012.  The three PI’s are Suzanne McDermott, Ph.D, professor in the University of South Carolina School of Public Health, Margaret A. Turk, MD, professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatrics at State University of New York Upstate Medical University, and Roberta Carlin, MS, JD, executive director, American Association on Health and Disability.

The coordinating center is named the Disability Research and Dissemination Center (DRDC).  It coordinates research, fellowships, training and dissemination in collaboration with the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).  The DRDC has an advisory board and partners that include prominent organizations, networks, and groups with the capacity to carry out public health research, training and practice in the areas of birth defects, developmental and other disabilities, and promote the health and development of persons with disabilities across the lifespan.  The DRDC has the potential to bring in $28 million in funding to support disability research over the next five year cooperative agreement.

The DRDC  identifies and funds the innovative and contemporary research in the field, fosters training of public health and other professionals, and uses the most progressive mechanisms to disseminate knowledge about evidenced based practice and policy.

A 15 member advisory group of leading physicians and researchers from institutions throughout the United States review funding proposals along with NCBDDD leadership.  In addition, DRDC is partnering with national organizations such as the Association of Medical Colleges, the Association of Schools of Public Health, Association of Academic Physiatrists and others to promote requests for proposals.

The DRDC has 5 cores: Administration, Research, Training and Education, Dissemination and Policy, and Evaluation led by the three PI’s. The DRDC website can be found at and describes the five year cooperative agreement and its mission, objectives, initiatives, activities, and funded research.

Please visit the DRDC at to learn about research and fellowship opportunities at NCBDDD and to learn about current DRDC initiatives.


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