Mid-Atlantic Consortium Newsletter Summer 2013

History

The Mid-Atlantic Consortium (MAC) was formed in 2007 to formalize the growing interactions among the programs of three neighboring national centers of excellence funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. These Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers are located at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and the Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, D.C. Each Center supports extensive programs of research focused on the many aspects of developmental disabilities in order to advance the basic knowledge that is so critically important for improving treatment and prevention. By encouraging expanded collaborations across Centers and among scientists working in diverse disciplines, the MAC hopes to realize its primary goal of translating new discoveries into actual practice, both in clinical and educational settings.

At a meeting in 2007 in Baltimore, investigators from the three IDDRCs discussed their research in autism spectrum disorders and chromosome 21/22 disorders. KKI hosted a second meeting in July, 2008.

The consortium’s first focused conference, on April 27, 2009, at CHOP, invited investigators to discuss the genetics, neuroscience, behavior and neuroimaging related to autism and autism spectrum disorders. An additional conference, on May 21, 2010, at CNMC, addressed the pathogenesis, comorbidities and treatment of epilepsies.

The consortium continues to discuss expanded collaborative projects among investigators within the three IDDRCs. The next conference is scheduled for June 6, 2012, at Johns Hopkins Medicine’s East Baltimore campus. The theme is Collaborations: Present and Future.