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A reward center in the brain — the nucleus accumbens (NAc) — integrates inputs from multiple brain regions to drive motivated behaviors. Metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors regulate the strength of neuronal connections in the NAc, and these connections are impacted by drugs of abuse. How different mGlu receptors control NAc inputs from discrete brain regions is unclear.

Shaping reward circuits

Last Updated: 5/23/2018 4:06:24 PM


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has designated the Program for Music, Mind and Society at Vanderbilt as a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab for its focus on the arts, health and socio-emotional well-being in families of children with and without autism spectrum disorder.

Music, Mind and Society program growing fast

Last Updated: 5/23/2018 3:53:37 PM


The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorder (TRIAD) is bringing some of Nashville’s most prominent community organizations together to promote acceptance and inclusion of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Network promotes inclusion for people with ASD

Last Updated: 5/8/2018 8:55:41 AM





The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on 4/27/18 that the estimated prevalence of children in the U.S. with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has again increased.

TRIAD Autism Data 2018

Last Updated: 4/26/2018 1:37:22 PM



The American Educational Research Association honored several Vanderbilt University professors at its 2018 annual conference, April 13–17, in New York City.

Vanderbilt education faculty honored for scholarship

Last Updated: 4/25/2018 10:08:27 AM


Check out the twice-monthly blog Rise to Work: An Insider’s Look at Disabilities and Employment on the TennesseeWorks website, where you also can subscribe to receive the blog.

Rise to Work Blog

Last Updated: 4/23/2018 4:16:59 PM







<p>(April - September at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center</p><p>The exhibit <em>Breaking Ground II 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 II at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Last Updated: 3/13/2018 11:00:12 AM






Research on circadian rhythms, longevity and the brain’s pleasure system will be featured during this year’s Brain Awareness events sponsored by the Vanderbilt Brain Institute.

Brain Awareness events highlight mind’s wonders

Last Updated: 2/26/2018 11:10:19 AM


Astrophysicist Keivan Stassun has been named mentor of the year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his efforts to increase the number of underrepresented minority students in science and engineering doctoral programs.

Keivan Stassun named 2018 AAAS mentor of the year

Last Updated: 2/16/2018 12:59:05 PM


Nine Vanderbilt University faculty members named to endowed chairs were honored during a celebration at the Student Life Center on Feb. 28.

Nine new endowed chair recipients honored

Last Updated: 2/16/2018 9:39:12 AM


SENSE Theatre and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center will present the play "HATS" on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 9 and 10, at both evnings at 7:00 p.m. at the Troutt/Black Box Theatre Complex, on Compton Ave. near Belmont Blvd.

SENSE Theatre presents "HATS" March 9-10

Last Updated: 2/16/2018 9:21:29 AM


PHP1A (pseudohypoparathyroidism 1A) is a rare genetic disorder that causes short adult stature, multi-hormone resistance, early-onset obesity and cognitive impairment.

Cognition in rare hormonal disorder

Last Updated: 2/16/2018 9:17:12 AM









Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) on Monday held its first Directorship Celebration to honor and support eight of its leaders in clinical care, research, education and administration.

Directorships honor VUMC’s critical missions

Last Updated: 1/25/2018 3:59:14 PM



Educate to Advocate 2018

Last Updated: 1/19/2018 2:06:50 PM



Pablo Juárez, M.Ed., BCBA, has been chosen as President-Elect of the Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis (TABA).

TRIAD’s Juárez now President-Elect of TABA

Last Updated: 1/17/2018 2:51:29 PM









A grant of more than $100,000 from Sesame Workshop will support a study by researchers at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development measuring the effects of watching Sesame Street on young children’s understanding of kindness and emotions.

Does watching Sesame Street makes kids kinder?

Last Updated: 1/8/2018 10:56:06 AM




Long-term memories are formed by specific patterns of neuronal excitation, and requires increased expression of certain genes via a process called E-T (excitation-transcription) coupling.

Forming memories through CaMKII

Last Updated: 12/21/2017 8:20:27 AM





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