The Smith Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (SIDDRC)
Ralph L. Smith 1887-1968
Established at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1960, the Research Center was the first institution on the University of Kansas-Kansas City campus devoted to biomedical study.
Funding was then provided by NIH in 1966 to concentrate mental retardation research efforts into center based studies, promoting collaboration and providing central resources to foster cutting edge research.
New building construction for the Center was formally dedicated in June 14, 1972 to Ralph L. Smith, a philanthropist of research initiatives to study and intervene in childhood developmental disabilities.
Together with the Life Span Institute on the Lawrence Campus, the Smith Center is currently one of 14 national MRRC Centers nationally funded as a Center by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development and recognized for the excellence of its research programs.