Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience

The Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience is dedicated to studying the developmental neurobiological basis of pediatric onset neuropsychiatric disorders. We use neurochemical and molecular genetic research tools to develop new knowledge that may lead to improvement in clinical pharmacology. We began as a neurochemistry lab studying the relationship between hyperserotonemia and autistic disorder. We are now working with collaborators on molecular genetic and clinical pharmacological studies of autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, childhood onset obsessive-compulsive disorder, stuttering, adolescent depression, and pediatric and early onset bipolar mood disorder.

Laboratory protocols

UIC Research Resources Center

NCBI    Genome Browser Gateway (UCSC)    Hap Map Project    1000 Genomes Project Browser

Genetic projects in the Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience:

Neurochemical studies of autism

Clinical Pharmacology Research


    Obsessive-compulsive disorder

The Laboratory of Developmental Neuroscience is or has been supported by:
The Irving B. Harris Foundation
Jean Young and Walden W. Shaw Foundation
The Daniel X. & Mary Freedman Foundation for Academic Psychiatry
Brain Research Foundation
The Simons Foundation
Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (M.I.N.D. Institute)
Autism Speaks
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)

Related Links

University of Illinois at Chicago

Partial List of Collaborating Autism Research Laboratory Web Sites

Autism Research Foundations

Autism Genetics Web Sites

Autism Clinical Resources

IDEAS (Isodicentric chromosome 15) link

Genetics Resources

Laboratory Address:

Kathy Hennessy/Ed Cook Lab
University of Illinois at Chicago
MBRB Building #919 Rm. #4364
900 S. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60607


Last updated: 10/26/13