Molecular Studies

Led by Charles Schwartz, PhD, The Center for Molecular Studies at the JC Self Research Institute is focused on gaining a greater understanding of intellectual disabilities, autism and birth defects, discovering new mechanisms which contribute to genetic disease, and developing new strategies for prevention. The work of this Center is enhanced by its collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, which is responsible for providing care for individuals in South Carolina with intellectual disabilities.

Current research in the Center for Molecular Studies focuses on

  • X-linked intellectual disabilities
  • Split hand and split foot malformation
  • Neural tube defects
  • Autosomal loci for intellectual disabilities
  • Autism

Research Sample Forms

Research Sample Form to be submitted with all molecular research samples.

Metabolomics Request Form to be submitted with all metabolic profiling samples.


Study Participation

GGC is seeking families with a child under 18 months of age for a prospective study on childhood development.

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Helix & Hope

GGC and Project Hope Foundation have joined forces in a new autism collaboration. Learn more about Helix & Hope and how you can help!