Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities celebrates new space

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 — The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities is one of the few comprehensive centers for developmental disabilities in the United States dedicated to research, training and multi-disciplinary comprehensive clinical services for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages and their families.

CHAPEL HILL, NC — The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine will celebrate the opening of a new building at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at 101 Renee Lynne Court in Carrboro, N.C. 

Joseph Piven, MD, director of the CIDD, said that the new building “will facilitate the Institute’s overarching aim to translate basic science and clinical research findings into real-world interventions in the community.” He added, “It is our hope that with this new building, the Carolina Institute will be able to expand its contributions to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the state of North Carolina.”

The CIDD provides clinical services for a range of conditions such as autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome and many other intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Integrated evaluations and ongoing care is provided by a variety of specialists in areas including psychology, education, speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy, audiology, psychiatry, pediatrics, genetics, nutrition, social work and nursing. More than 1,000 individuals and their families receive services from CIDD each year through a network of clinics and community programs. 

CIDD also provides clinical and research education and training in all areas pertaining to developmental disabilities.  CIDD faculty represent 14 UNC departments, train more than 200 students and more than 2,000 community providers per year, in an effort to increase the availability of services and to help create the future generation of clinicians, researchers, and leaders in the field.

CIDD supports broad-ranging research efforts “from cells to services” to promote understanding, discovery, and innovation. CIDD supports more than 80 federally-funded research projects conducted by more than 60 investigators.

Tours of the new building will be available as well as light refreshments.

Media contact: Julia Tarr, (828) 337-9009, julia.tarr@cidd.unc.edu

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