Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

IBR Press Releases

03/16/17
The mission of the IBR Summer Student Volunteer Program is to introduce high school and college students to the field of Developmental Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities, with the goal of inspiring them to pursue careers in the field of Developmental Disabilities.  To accomplish this mission, the program offers the following:  Student placements in an IBR laboratory: Students are matched with the laboratory that seems most appropriate based on their academic background, interests and career goals. With an IBR scientist serving as a mentor, students will be trained in the ethical...
09/15/14
Findings Suggest Need for Regulation of Folic Acid Supplementation During PregnancyScientists from New York State report that higher doses of folic acid during pregnancy and throughout life may have lasting negative effects. ...
04/11/12
The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD’s) Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) has been selected to receive a three-year grant from the March of Dimes Foundation for research on the effects of excessive dietary folic acid intake during pregnancy on newborn brain development, Commissioner Courtney Burke announced today. The grant will be used to conduct studies in laboratory mice to determine whether excessive folic acid intake by mothers during pregnancy has any effect on the behavior of their babies. Folic acid can promote...
01/09/12
Staten Island—The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD’s) Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) has been selected to receive a three-year grant for $450,000 from Autism Speaks for research on autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), Commissioner Courtney Burke announced today. The grant will be used to further develop and evaluate methods devised at IBR to prospectively identify behavioral patterns that indicate ASD risk in high-medical-risk neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) infants and are presumed to link to later ASD diagnoses....
09/15/11
Scientists from the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) report in the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications that excessive amounts of folic acid cause widespread changes in the expression of genes. Changes in the normal levels of genes can affect genes’ function and have deleterious effects. Lymphoblastoid cells, which are derived from human white blood cells, were studied and are commonly used to investigate the regulation of gene expression in response to various...
09/09/11
(STATEN ISLAND) The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ (OPWDD) Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) has been selected to receive a $2.2 million, four-year cooperative agreement grant from the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for research on fragile X syndrome, Commissioner Courtney Burke announced today. The grant will be used to develop a comprehensive approach to large-scale collection and analysis of structured, longitudinal data for...