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Neurodevelopment in Rare Disorders Training Program

The Program for the Study of Neurodevelopmental Function in Rare Disorders (NDRD) provides multidisciplinary training to address the developmental, behavioral, and school problems of children and young adults with rare neurodegenerative genetic conditions.

  • Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics/Lysosomal Storage Disorders track. Recipients of the Neurodevelopmental Function in Rare Disorders Fellowship (NFRD) focus on one of the lysosomal storage disorders during a 2-year period. The last year is spent in the broad area of children's learning and developmental disorders. This track was started in 2003 and has funded two fellows. Dr. Escolar's mentorship activities with fellows include review of clinical cases three times a week, development of a research project, and weekly conferences or journal club. The following pediatricians benefited from this training tract:
    • Dr. Holly Martin, 2004-2007
      Funded by the Trimpers Foundation
    • Dr. Karina Yelin, 2006-2009
      Funded by the Caterina Marcus Foundation
  • Multidisciplinary training. In addition to the fellowship in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, our program offers rotations for graduate and postdoctoral students in psychology, speech/language pathology, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, education, social work, biostatistics, and nursing. This interdisciplinary emphasis provides a rich environment for fellows to learn about developmental and behavioral issues from many perspectives within a bio-psychosocial framework. Postdoctoral and graduate students have had the opportunity to develop their PhD research projects and dissertation with the NDRD.
    • Sean Simpson, PhD candidate, Biostatistics, 2007-2008
    • Eung Jeong Lee, PhD candidate Nursing, 2007-2008
    • Stacey Dusing, PhD in Physical Therapy, 2002-2006
    • Paula Johnson, MS in Audiology, 2005-2006
    • Peggy Freund, PhD in Education, 2001-2004
    • Stephanie Wolfe, Medical Student, 2007-2008
    • Molly Benedum, Medical Student, 2008
    • Lisa Wiese, Medical Student, 2008
    • William Stoudemire, 2009
    • Josh Holt, 2009
    • Ashley Halbach
    • Laurel Thompson