The IDDRC Seminars for Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research, brings in WashU faculty and other experts across disciplines whose research has particular implications for interventions in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Each lecture lasts about 45 minutes, with the remaining 45 minutes allotted to interactions and discussion with attendees. Appetizers and drinks are provided. Speaker information and reading materials for preparation of each series will be sent out in the weeks leading up to each session. If you would like to be added to a distribution list for these events, e-mail

The IDDRC Seminars for Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research is brought to you by the Department of Neuroscience and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC).

2023/2024 Schedule

All seminars will be hybrid format: in person and via Zoom (unless noted).

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January 12, 2024

Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Holden Auditorium (Farrell LTC; Medical Campus)

Chad Sylvester (WashU Psychiatry)

“Investigations of brain development and plasticity in human infants”

February 9, 2024

Joseph Buxbaum (Mount Sinai)

“From genes to therapeutics in neurodevelopmental disorders”

March 21, 2024

Timothy Benke (Children’s Hospital Colorado)

“CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder (CDD): Bringing the clinic into science”

April 12, 2024

Nardhy Gomez-Lopez (WashU Obstetrics & Gynecology)

“Maternal-Fetal Immunology: Advancements in Understanding Mechanisms, Prevention, and Biomarkers for Preterm Birth”

May 10, 2024

NOTE location: Fort Neuroscience Research Building 9101 (Medical Campus) and Zoom

Spring Symposium

“Natural History Studies: Paving the Way for Advanced Clinical Insights and Interventional Study Designs​”

  • Fumihiko Urano, MD, PhD 
    Samuel E. Schechter Professor of Medicine, ​Pathology & Immunology​
  • Tamara Hershey, PhD 
    James S. McDonnell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience,  Psychiatry & Radiology​
  • Jennifer Wambach, MD, MS 
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine​
  • Harrison Gabel, PhD 
    Associate Professor, Neuroscience​
  • Amy Viehoever, MD PhD 
    Assistant Professor, Neurology