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Eleven Vanderbilt University faculty members named to endowed chairs were recognized for their outstanding scholarship and research during a celebration at the Student Life Center Nov. 29.

Celebration honors 11 new endowed chair holders

Last Updated: 12/6/2017 4:01:38 PM







Fifteen Vanderbilt University faculty members conducting a range of biomedical and clinical research have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this year.

15 faculty members elected as AAAS fellows

Last Updated: 11/20/2017 3:13:46 PM


Vanderbilt’s Beth Malow, MD, MS, and Emelyne Bingham have been appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam as Middle Tennessee representatives on the newly created Tennessee Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder, which held its first meeting in Nashville in October.

Malow, Bingham named to new state council on autism

Last Updated: 11/16/2017 2:25:40 PM


Using sophisticated genome mining and gene manipulation techniques, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have solved a mystery that could lead to a new treatment approach for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Study may point to new treatment approach for ASD

Last Updated: 11/16/2017 2:21:10 PM


Just because someone is smart and well-motivated doesn’t mean he or she can learn the visual skills needed to excel at tasks like matching fingerprints, interpreting medical X-rays, keeping track of aircraft on radar displays or forensic face matching.

Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ

Last Updated: 11/8/2017 8:25:26 AM






American society often equates disability with inability. For those with disabilities, pride in their identity can help to successfully navigate the workplace and increase productivity. A discussion on cultural identity and disability pride. A discussion with Andrew Imparato of Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

Comcast Newsmakers: Disability Pride

Last Updated: 10/18/2017 3:29:32 PM





2018 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day will take place Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Vanderbilt University Student Life Center.

Call for Posters NOW OPEN for 2018 VKC Science Day

Last Updated: 10/12/2017 11:17:48 AM


Mark Wallace, Ph.D., drops his glasses on his desk and they land with a metallic clang. He is making a point about autism.

The Science of Our Senses

Last Updated: 10/4/2017 9:04:32 AM


<p>(October - December at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center)</p><p>Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, this free annual exhibit features works of art by artists with a wide range of abilities/disabilities and ages.</p><p><a href="http://www.tpac.org/visiting/directions.asp">Tennessee Performing Arts Center Lobby</a>, 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN; call (615) 782-4000 for hours</p>

Creative Expressions XXIII

Last Updated: 9/28/2017 3:09:09 PM







The Response to Intervention initiative, commonly known in education circles as RTI, is being regarded unfairly in the wake of a negative national evaluation, according to Vanderbilt researchers.

RTI is getting a bad rap, say education researchers

Last Updated: 9/11/2017 11:48:52 AM




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A message from VUMC about Charlottesville

Last Updated: 8/16/2017 9:41:52 AM



An immune regulator of addiction

An immune regulator of addiction

Last Updated: 8/11/2017 8:49:17 AM


Music Camp on NPR

NPR Reports on ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp

Last Updated: 8/1/2017 8:17:14 AM






<p>(June - September at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center)</p> <p><em>By Land, By Sea, By Air!</em> is an exhibit of art on a wide range of subjects created in an art workshop by a community of artists. The workshop and show are a collaboration between the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and Metro Parks disABILITIES. This workshop and exhibition are made possible by a gift from the late Mary Jane Swaney. A talented artist, Mrs. Swaney recognized the importance of using her passion in her efforts to give back. Through her support of the VKC art program, she shared that passion for art with people with disabilities of all ages. The works will be displayed through September 2017. Lain York, Preparator</p>

By Land, By Sea, By Air!

Last Updated: 7/13/2017 11:15:08 AM


Vanderbilt Kennedy Center award recipients

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Award Recipients

Last Updated: 6/28/2017 9:22:32 AM


The eighth annual ACM Lifting Lives® Music Camp is in session this week in Nashville with campers from around the country participating in a week of activities and excursions around Music City.

ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp 2017 kicks off

Last Updated: 6/26/2017 1:55:23 PM


Vanderbilt University’s Office of the Provost has recognized 13 faculty proposals with Discovery Grants, one of Vanderbilt’s primary means of investing in advancing the discovery of knowledge in its core disciplines and strengthening the university’s scholarly profile.

13 faculty proposals earn Discovery Grants

Last Updated: 6/22/2017 8:52:02 AM



Graduate student Mark Crowder, right, presents the Teacher of the Year Award to Ronald Emeson, Ph.D., at last week’s 26th annual Joel G. Hardman Student-Invited Pharmacology Forum. Emeson is now a three-time winner of the award; he previously received it in 2003 and in 1995, the first year it was awarded.

Pharmacology top teacher

Last Updated: 6/16/2017 9:22:17 AM


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Tom Cheetham, M.D., honored with AADMD Award

Last Updated: 6/14/2017 10:19:20 AM



Summer is an ideal time to make plans to take part in Fall training opportunities that will enhance your knowledge of disability-related topics and issues. Training will be offered by the Volunteer Advocacy Project and by Tennessee Disability Pathfinder.

Plan now for Fall training

Last Updated: 6/13/2017 3:20:33 PM












Thirty-two retiring faculty members were recognized during Vanderbilt’s Commencement ceremony May 12, when the university honored their years of service and bestowed on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty

Vanderbilt University honors 32 as emeriti faculty

Last Updated: 5/15/2017 1:36:25 PM




I count myself very fortunate to have been able to attend the annual Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C., again this year, March 20-22, and to make visits to our Tennessee Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill. As we chanted at the Seminar: “This is what democracy looks like.”

Making our voices heard in our nation’s capitol

Last Updated: 5/3/2017 8:48:20 AM



Mood and anxiety disorders are on the rise, and effective new treatments are critically needed.

Regulating anxiety in the brain

Last Updated: 5/1/2017 10:10:26 AM















Since January, the VKC has provided training on legislative advocacy, facilitated the sharing of personal stories with Tennessee legislators and policymakers, and used social media to broaden access to Disability Day on the Hill.

Educating for public policy advocacy

Last Updated: 3/3/2017 11:55:17 AM



Innovation characterizes the Shirley F. and Stuart W. Speyer Discovery Grant and the two Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Grants awarded for 2017, which were announced by Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) director and Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair.

2017 VKC Discovery Grants announced

Last Updated: 3/3/2017 11:51:59 AM


Women who have had repeated depressive episodes tend to pay more attention to negative emotional information than those who have not experienced major depression. When shown negative images during a brain scan, the emotional centers of these women’s brains also “light up” to a greater extent.

Clues found to recurrent depression

Last Updated: 3/3/2017 10:49:07 AM






There is a strong, bi-directional link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Fiona Harrison, Ph.D., and colleagues tested whether the effects of obesity on diabetic status and cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease are permanent or reversible.

Dementia linked to diet

Last Updated: 2/7/2017 1:25:37 PM


<p>(January - June at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center)</p> <p>The exhibit <em>Breaking Ground at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center</em> showcases original work, reproductions of art, and poetry by and about Tennesseans with disabilities that are featured in the annual arts issue of Breaking Ground, the magazine of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.</p>

Breaking Ground at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Last Updated: 2/6/2017 11:24:19 AM



Researchers at Vanderbilt have identified what may be a genetic “smoking gun” for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — a mutation in the gene for the critical neuronal protein CaMKII.

Gene mutation discovery may hold autism clues

Last Updated: 2/2/2017 3:22:40 PM



Educate to Advocate 2017

Last Updated: 1/26/2017 9:55:44 AM



The duration of exposure to daylight, or the “photoperiod,” may affect development of seasonal affective disorder by programming serotonin neurons in the brain, according to Vanderbilt University researchers.

Amount of daylight may impact serotonin programming

Last Updated: 1/20/2017 2:24:01 PM


Edward "Warren" Lambert, Ph.D., age 71, passed away on January 13, 2017. Warren was long-time statistical consultant at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) where he assisted countless VKC researchers and their graduate students and research assistants with complex quantitative issues.

Remembering Warren Lambert, statistician and friend

Last Updated: 1/20/2017 11:49:38 AM


Cognitive and attention deficits observed in children following surgery before age 5 to repair congenital heart defects likely will persist into their teens and young adulthood, Lori Jordan, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues report.

A heart-brain connection

Last Updated: 1/19/2017 1:41:44 PM