Comstock's magazine 1118 - November 2018 - Page 88

UC DAVIS RED mind CROSS institute Twenty years of life-changing milestones B ased at UC Davis Health in Sacramento and celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute is an international research and clinical center committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. This powerhouse combination of research, clinical services, and training is a worldwide beacon of answers and hope, as well as a significant community resource, welcoming and empowering families dealing with neurodevelopmental disorders. The MIND Institute is unique not only because of its important 88 | November 2018 accomplishments in the realm of neurodevelopmental disorders, but also for its commitment to families and community outreach. “This center was formed by parents who, frustrated with a void of information and lack of impetus toward solutions, were determined to help their children and the children of others,” says the Institute’s executive director, Leonard Abbeduto, Ph.D. “That sets us apart in the scientific community, and imbues us with a unique urgency and dedication.” The Institute’s clinicians work closely with its researchers. Families are invited to participate in research studies, helping to find solutions for their loved ones and others around the world. “With genomic medicine physicians, psychiatrists, developmental behavioral pediatricians, clinical psychologists, genetic counselors, social workers, behavioral analysts, and more, we’re a very interdisciplinary asset for families,” notes Abbeduto. “We have the good fortune to be at UC Davis, a comprehensive and multidisciplinary university, which enables our research to go from cells to people to communities.” The MIND Institute utilizes the field’s top scientists, including those at UC Davis and collaborators worldwide. One of the Institute’s goals is to extend its expertise, advances, and solutions throughout society so as many people as possible may benefit. “We strive to educate other researchers and