Quantitative assessment methods are critical to virtually all intellectual and developmental disabilities research programs that evaluate psychosocial, behavioral or biological processes. Given the KIDDRC's emphasis on biobehavioral research, its needs take many forms, from equipment design, fabrication and maintenance, to developing and performing behavioral assessments, to creating software programs to measure social interactions. Established in 1998, the Biobehavioral Measurement Core (BMC) is the central nexus where efforts of innovative and generative core staff are channeled to meet biobehavioral research needs of KIDDRC principal invesfigators (Pls). The BMC is designed to meet the specialized needs of our four research themes. Our human translational research programs in Themes 1 and 2 are reliant on the development of software for both assessing and modifying behavior. In preclinical research conducted in Themes 3 and 4, there is a strong need for assessing rodent phenotypes associated with nervous system alterations and disruptions in eariy development. Overall, there is a need to provide sufficient support for the infrastructure so that appropriate equipment is acquired and maintained, and operations continue uninterrupted. The BMC has evolved continuously to meet new challenges in assessing behavioral and biological parameters in animal and human research.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
Type
Center Core Grants (P30)
Project #
5P30HD002528-48
Application #
8725987
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZHD1-DSR-Y)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2014-07-01
Budget End
2015-06-30
Support Year
48
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
$282,382
Indirect Cost
$90,286
Name
University of Kansas Lawrence
Department
Type
DUNS #
076248616
City
Lawrence
State
KS
Country
United States
Zip Code
66045
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