The Administrative Core is responsible for the management and administration of the MIND Institute IDDRC. This involves overseeing the scientific service cores and the IDDRC research component as well as promoting coordination and collaboration within the IDDRC and with investigators and organizations outside the IDDRC.


The Administrative Core is designed to meet the following objectives:

  1. Support the development and implementation of the scientific agenda of the IDDRC. Questions and comments about the scientific agenda can be addressed to Leonard Abbeduto, Ph.D., Judy Van de Water, Ph.D., Tony Simon, Ph.D., or to any of the Scientific Theme Directors.
  2. Ensure that the IDDRC scientific cores provide excellent service, are cost-effective, and are well-matched to the needs of IDDRC research projects. Questions and comments about the cores can be addressed to Leonard Abbeduto, Ph.D., Judy Van de Water, Ph.D., or Tony Simon, Ph.D. The financial aspects of the core services are the responsibility of MIND Institute Chief Administrative Officer, Michele Ono.
  3. Ensure that the IDDRC research component makes timely progress in addressing its specific aims and spurs additional broad-based translational research on IDD. This objective is addressed in many ways, including through the sponsorship of seminars and meetings. Questions and comments about the IDDRC research project can be addressed to Randi Hagerman, M.D. who is the Principal Investigator for the project, or Leonard Abbeduto, Ph.D. who is Co-principal Investigator.
  4. Ensure that the IDDRC has the resources needed to fulfill its mission. If you would like to make a financial gift to the IDDRC, please contact Leonard Abbeduto, Ph.D. or the MIND Institute Development Director Elizabeth McBride at
  5. Create a sense of “centerness” among the IDDRC investigators and staff. This objective is addressed in many ways, including through the sponsorship of seminars and meetings.
  6. Promote innovation.  By assisting IDDRC faculty with translating their research findings into more wildly available treatments, diagnostic tests, and products.  Efforts in this area are led by Drs. Tony Simon and Judy Van de Water, who will work with other UC Davis Offices around technology transfer.  
  7. Integrate the IDDRC into the broader context of the UC Davis campus and the NICHD IDDRC network.  This integration is achieved by the interaction of the IDDRC leadership with the External Advisory Committee  and the Campus Advisory Committee
  8. Foster partnerships with individuals who have IDD and their families. These partnerships are facilitated by the interaction of the IDDRC with the MIND Institute Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Families who want to participate in IDDRC research projects will find information on the webpage for the IDDRC Clinical and Translational Core.
  9. Promote the growth of clinical trials. The IDDRC efforts in this area are led by Dr. Randi Hagerman, Medical Director of the MIND Institute, and by Norman Brule, who is the Clinical Trials Manager for the MIND Institute.
  10. Optimize the use of technology in IDDRC research and dissemination. Patrick Hugunin assists in this area by providing video production, editing and social media and by Brenda Shelton who provides expertise in website development.
  11. Support the recruitment of new faculty to the IDDRC.  UC Davis faculty who are interested in becoming a member of the IDDRC can contact Michele Ono, Director of Finance and Operations, Note that serving as the Principal Investigator of a mission-relevant funded research project is a minimal requirement.
  12. Support training and mentoring activities related to the IDDRC. IDDRC efforts in this area are led by Sally Rogers, Ph.D. and Julie Schweitzer, Ph.D. who are the Director and Co-director of Training/Mentoring, respectively. Drs. Rogers and Schweitzer work with UC Davis academic departments to ensure a coordinated approach to training and mentoring.

On-Line Request

IDDRC - Core A: Research Project Application Form »

Eligibility criteria for IDDRC approval: The project must be extramurally funded and peer reviewed, in addition to being relevant to the IDDRC mission. The MIND Institute IDDRC mission is focused on three themes: Biobehavioral Characterization of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Environmental and Genetic Contributions to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Treatments for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In addition, the project should have a need for one or more of the IDDC core services.

Project applications are reviewed by the IDDRC Executive Committee on a monthly basis starting on the 1st of the month. Investigators are notified of the status of their project applications by the 15th of the month. For questions, please contact Michele Ono, Project Manager


The following staff members are responsible for the activities of the Administrative Core.

Leonard Abbeduto, Ph.D., »  IDDRC Director

Judy A. Van de Water, Ph.D., »  IDDRC Associate Director

Tony J. Simon, Ph.D., »  IDDRC Associate Director

Randi J. Hagerman, M.D., »  IDDRC Research Project Principal Investigator

Sally Rogers, Ph.D., »  Director of Training and Mentoring

Julie Schweitzer Ph.D., »  Co-Director of Mentoring and Training

Michele Ono, Chief Administrative Officer »UC Davis MIND Institute

Patrick Hugunin, Video Production/Website Development

Brenda Shelton, Website Development