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2015 VKC Science Day

Date: September 29, 2015

Time: 12:00PM to 5:30PM

Location: Student Life Center

Event Flyer: SciDay15-attend.pdf

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day - September 29, 2015

A Tradition With Innovation:

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center supports basic/molecular, applied, and clinical research and training. The VKC has over 300 faculty researchers, staff, and affiliate members working together across disciplines to create basic and clinical scientific discoveries, to translate research into best practices, and to train the next generation of researchers and practitioners. The ultimate goal is to make positive differences in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.


More than 100 posters will be presented by undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research faculty and research staff conducting research in labs or research programs of VKC members and investigators. Cash prizes will be awarded to an undergraduate student, graduate student, and postdoctoral fellow* for best research poster in each of the following research themes:

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Clinical, Behavioral, and Intervention Research
  • Systems Neuroscience

In addition, all poster presenters (first authors) become VKC Affiliates and are eligible to compete for VKC travel awards to present at a scientific or professional conference in the next year. Posters presented at other scientific or professional meetings within the last year are eligible for submission.

The Call for Poster Abstracts is now closed. PLEASE NOTE: Poster submission does not equal Science Day registration. Please register to attend by clicking the "Register" link above. Advance registration will aid in nametags and catering requests. Thank you.


In addition to the traditional poster sessions, this year's Science Day will include a keynote address by Pasko Rakic, M.D., Ph.D., Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Neurology, and Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, Yale University, titled "Neuronal Migration/Relevance to Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities" followed by a panel of past and present Vanderbilt Kennedy Center directors, who will discuss the past, present, and future of the field of IDD research. Click here to view the 2015 Science Day agenda.

For More Information:

Contact Elizabeth Turner. VKC Science Day Event Coordinator, at (615) 322-8240 or elizabeth.turner@vanderbilt.edu.

For accessibility information or to request an accommodation

Contact kc@vumc.org or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).