The Developmental Disorders Genetics Research Program was established in the fall of 2009 by Brown University to facilitate advances in translational research concerned with the genetics of developmental disorders. The DDGRP is directed by Eric M. Morrow, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown. Morrow studies disorders of cognitive development, including autism and intellectual disability, with the goal of translating scientific discoveries into improved medical care for individuals affected by these disorders. Morrow collaborates with a number of researchers and physicians at Brown University and beyond.
The DDGRP is composed of a genetics and neuroscience research laboratory at Brown University's Laboratories for Molecular Medicine and a patient-oriented research space at Bradley Hospital in East Providence, RI.
The DDGRP genetics and research laboratory - the Morrow Lab - is located at the Laboratory for Molecular Medicine, a re-vamped watch factory building in the Jewelry District which was acquired by Brown University in 2004. The building is home to a variety of Brown-affiliated laboratories spanning various research interests in cellular biology, molecular biology, evolutionary biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience.
The DDGRP patient-oriented research space is located at Bradley Hospital in East Providence, RI. Bradley Hospital was founded in 1931 and is the oldest children's neuropsychiatric hospital in the nation. This private, not-for-profit hospital is a Lifespan partner and a teaching hospital for the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The Bradley Hasboro Children's Research Center conducts research relevant to children's mental health. Areas of current research include developmental disabilities, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, psychopathology, and sibling adaptation.