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UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute


The Administrative Core is responsible for the management and administration of the MIND Institute IDDRC. This involves overseeing the scientific service cores and the IDDRC research component as well as promoting coordination and collaboration within the IDDRC and with investigators and organizations outside the IDDRC.


The Administrative Core is designed to meet the following objectives:

  1. Support the development and implementation of the scientific agenda of the IDDRC. Questions and comments about the scientific agenda can be addressed to Drs. Abbeduto, Van de Water, or Simon or to any of the Scientific Theme Directors. Ensure that the IDDRC scientific cores provide excellent service, are cost-effective, and are well-matched to the needs of IDDRC research projects. Questions and comments about the cores can be addressed to Drs. Abbeduto, Van de Water, or Simon. The financial aspects of the core services are the responsibility of MIND Institute CAO, Juan-Carlos Rodrigo-Miranda.
  2. Ensure that the IDDRC research project makes timely progress and spurs additional translational research on IDD. Questions and comments about the IDDRC research project can be addressed to Dr. Hagerman, who is the Principal Investigator for the project, or Dr. Abbeduto, who is Co-principal Investigator.
  3. Ensure that the IDDRC has the funds needed to fulfill its mission. If you would like to make a financial gift to the IDDRC, please contact Dr. Abbeduto or Robert Stout, MIND Institute Development Director.
  4. Create a sense of “centerness” among the IDDRC investigators and staff. This objective is addressed in many ways, including through the sponsorships of seminars and meetings. In addition, Dr. Laura Lacy is in charge of special projects and can provide guidance and assistance for IDDRC faculty wishing to develop multidisciplinary, multi-investigator research grant applications relevant to the IDDRC mission.
  5. Promote innovation by assisting IDDRC faculty with translating their research findings into more widely available treatments, diagnostic tests, and products. Efforts in this area are led by Drs. Simon and Van de Water, who will work with other UC Davis offices around technology transfer.
  6. Integrate the IDDRC into the broader context of the UC Davis campus and the national IDDRC network. This integration is achieved by the interaction of the IDDRC leadership with the External Advisory Committee  and the Campus Advisory Committee.
  7. Foster partnerships with individuals who have intellectual and develop mental disabilities and their families. These partnerships are facilitated by the interaction of the IDDRC with the MIND Institute Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Families who want to participate in IDDRC research projects will find information on the webpage for the IDDRC Clinical and Translational Core.
  8. Promote the growth of clinical trials. The IDDRC efforts in this area are led by Dr. Randi Hagerman, Medical Director of the MIND Institute, and by Norman Brule, who is the Clinical Trials Manager for the MIND Institute.
  9. Optimize the use of technology in IDDRC research and dissemination. Patrick Hugunin assists in this area by providing expertise around video production and editing, website development, and social media and by Brenda Shelton who provides expertise in website development.
  10. Support the recruitment of new faculty to the IDDRC. UC Davis faculty who are interested in becoming a member of the IDDRC can find information here. Note that serving as the Principal Investigator of a mission-relevant funded research project is a minimal requirement.
  11. Support training and mentoring activities related to the IDDRC. The IDDRC is committed to supporting and ensuring the success of early career scientist. IDDRC efforts in this area are led by Sally Rogers and Julie Schweitzer, who are the Director and Co-director of Training/Mentoring, respectively. Drs. Rogers and Schweitzer work with UC Davis academic departments to ensure a coordinated approach to training and mentoring.


The following staff members are responsible for the activities of the Administrative Core.

Leonard Abbeduto, IDDRC Director

Judy A. Van de Water, IDDRC Associate Director

Tony J. Simon, IDDRC Associate Director

Randi J. Hagerman, IDDRC Research Project Principal Investigator

Sally Rogers, Director of Training and Mentoring

Julie Schweitzer, Co-director of Mentoring and Training

Norman Brule, Clinical Trials Manager

Patrick Hugunin, Video Production, Website Development, and Technology Support

Brenda Shelton, Website Development