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The Developmental Neuroscience Department is dedicated to the investigation of the causes of developmental disabilities in children. By understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating the development and function of the brain, we will address the causes and eventual treatments for conditions such as autism, cognitive and neuromuscular delays, and communication disorders.



Training activities

Research activities

Our research programs focus on understanding the genetic and environmental causes of developmental disabilities and how they affect the brain and sensory systems, including:


Shelley D. Smith, PhD, FACMG - Director of Developmental Neuroscience - 402-559-5314.