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Center for Perception and Communication in Children (COBRE Grant)


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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​An N​IH Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Center of Biomedical ​Research Excellence​

Boys Town established the Center for Perception and Communication in Children (CPCC) in 2014 with support from a Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant. Ultimately our goal is​ to be the national leader for research on speech, language, hearing, and cognitive development in children with communication disorders.


  1. Develop and support a critical mass of NIH-funded research programs focused on issues related to perception and communication in children.
  2. Strengthen the research infrastructure available to junior faculty and expand the user base of these resources to include established investigators.
  3. Establish state-of-the-art cores to support research and facilitate development and maintenance of a cohesive center.

Learn more about the specific aims of the CPCC.

Research ​Cores

Learn more about our Core Services and Facilities.

Current Projects


CPCC-supported projects have produced over 70 publications since 2014, and helped bring in millions in external funding for researchers at Boys Town.​   Learn more about CPCC past projects.

Please see our newsletters for current ev​ents from the CPCC.

Advisory Committees

The External Advisory Committee and Administrative Advisory Committee support the development of the CPCC. The External A​dvisory Committee provides input on scientific progress and feedback on programmatic expansions. The Administrative Advisory Committee advises the CPCC administrative team.

The Executive Committee is led by:

  • Lori Leibold, Ph.D.
  • Ryan McCreery, Ph.D.
  • G. Christopher Stecker, Ph.D.
  • Stephen Neely, Ph.D.
  • Douglas Keefe, Ph.D.
  • Karla McGregor, Ph.D.
  • Christopher Conway, Ph.D.
  • Monita Chatterjee, Ph.D.

Midwest Region IDeA Programs

Boys Town research is part of ​the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network, a collective of nine academic and medical institutions working together to advance clinical and translational science.

Other COBRE programs in Omaha include:

University of Nebraska Medical Center

University of Nebraska Omaha




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