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Vanderbilt University’s 10 newest endowed chair holders were lauded for their exemplary teaching and scholarship during a Nov. 27 ceremony at the Student Life Center.

Celebration honors 10 new endowed chair holders

Last Updated: 11/30/2018 9:30:02 AM



The Society for Neuroscience has paid tribute to the late Vivien Casagrande’s groundbreaking research and dedication to the advancement of women in neuroscience with the Patricia Goldman-Rakic Hall of Honor Award. Casagrande, a longtime professor of cell and developmental biology, psychology, and ophthalmology and visual sciences at Vanderbilt, passed away in 2017 from cancer.

Society for Neuroscience honors Vivien Casagrande

Last Updated: 11/12/2018 10:17:30 AM


Alzheimer’s patients are five to 10 times more likely to suffer unprovoked seizures compared to healthy individuals. Alzheimer’s patients often also have reduced levels of ascorbate, or vitamin C.

Vitamin C protects brain from seizures

Last Updated: 11/9/2018 3:53:23 PM





Shari Barkin, MD, MSHS, chief of the Division of Academic General Pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has been named Pediatrician of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (TNAAP).

Barkin named TNAAP Pediatrician of the Year

Last Updated: 10/29/2018 11:47:54 AM


Neurofilament light (NFL) is a support protein within large axons in the brain’s white matter that supports nerve signal transmission. When axons are injured, increased NFL concentrations are found in the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain, representing an important biomarker for axonal breakdown.

Probing the pathology of impaired cognition

Last Updated: 10/26/2018 10:29:54 AM


The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) has received a one-year $604,000 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to use Vanderbilt University Medical Center  electronic medical record information and biological samples to develop a deeper understanding of critical issues in Down syndrome and to provide an infrastructure for future analyses.

Grant to help explore critical issues in Down syndrome

Last Updated: 10/26/2018 10:28:39 AM




Kate Margulis has been passionate about music all her life. But it wasn’t until she came to Vanderbilt to earn a master’s degree in speech and language pathology that she realized she could marry that passion to her undergraduate research in developmental psychology and language and, as a result, help children learn language skills.

Biology and the Beat

Last Updated: 10/16/2018 10:18:02 AM




Reyna Gordon, PhD, assistant professor of Otolaryngology and director of the Music Cognition Lab in the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award of $2.3 million in total costs for her project, “Biomarkers of Rhythmic Communication: Integrating Foundational and Translational Approaches.”

Gordon receives $2.3 million New Innovator Award

Last Updated: 10/4/2018 9:32:34 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 XXIV

Last Updated: 9/27/2018 10:19:14 AM






Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development, has announced several new appointments within Peabody College’s administrative offices.

Peabody College announces administrative changes

Last Updated: 9/5/2018 10:53:21 AM





A biochemistry instructor curious about an enzyme discovered in the damaged neurons of people with multiple sclerosis made a leap toward a potential cure for countless neurodegenerative ills.

Enzyme helps build motor that drives neuron death

Last Updated: 8/7/2018 9:48:58 AM







For decades, it has been accepted that fetal development occurs in a sterile womb. Recent discoveries of bacterial DNA in baby’s first bowel movement and in the placenta after sterile C-section, however, have challenged this assumption.

Mom may pass bacteria to baby in utero: Study

Last Updated: 7/6/2018 8:58:10 AM



Have you used the VKC website to find information about the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center or its services?

YOUR INPUT NEEDED: VKC Website Satisfaction Survey

Last Updated: 6/15/2018 2:25:45 PM


A sleep apnea diagnosis can often be the start to a healthier and better life.

Treating sleep apnea key to reviving overall health

Last Updated: 6/11/2018 9:01:39 AM


Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., received the 2018 Rare Impact Award for Research of the National Organization for Rare Disorders. The NORD Rare Impact Awards were presented on May 17 in Washington, D.C., at their annual awards ceremony.

Dykens is 2018 NORD Rare Impact Award Honoree

Last Updated: 6/11/2018 8:52:49 AM





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