Mid-Atlantic Consortium Newsletter Summer 2013

Letter from the Director

Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D.I’m pleased to present to readers our third issue of Collaborations, a newsletter highlighting developmental disabilities research within our Mid-Atlantic Consortium (MAC), comprising the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRCs) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, D.C., and Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University (KKI) in Baltimore.

Our first issue, published this past spring, generated many positive responses to all three centers from investigators and constituents, indicating that we have reached our major goal of publishing a newsletter that reflects the broad range of research at our centers. We believe the newsletter will continue to provide an effective forum for further discussion and interaction among IDDR investigators across the national IDDRC network. Our second issue summarized the innovative collaborative research projects presented at MAC’s June 6 meeting in Baltimore, and discussed the potential to better embrace our core infrastructures and promote cross-training opportunities at MAC centers.

With this issue, Collaborations continues to showcase the outstanding efforts of our community of researchers. Here we present profiles and science overviews that range from the genetics of human mitochondrial diseases (at CHOP) to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (at KKI), and neural tube defects (at CNMC). The common theme of all of these neurodevelopmental disorders is their significant impact on children’s normal growth and quality of life.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this issue and invite your comments and suggestions.


Vittorio Gallo, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Neuroscience Research
Wolf-Pack Chair in Neuroscience
Children’s National Medical Center

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