Training and Education, and Communications (Core A)

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Training and Education, and Communications

Training and education related to intellectual and developmental disabilities is provided year-round for multiple audiences, including predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, faculty researchers, clinicians, professionals in a wide range of disciplines, disability service providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members. The IDDRC community guides activities through an annual call for lecture series nominations and Lecture Committee appointed by the Director, faculty proposals for research conferences and workshops, and IDDRC core-led training. The disability community guides activities through the UCEDD Community Advisory Council, VKC Community Partner organizations, participation in the TN Developmental Disabilities Network, and VKC leadership participation in state and national disability organizations.

Opportunities for Researchers and Students


Communications staff plan, schedule, coordinate, and manage events. These include Lectures on Human Development and Developmental Disabilities, Clinical and Translational Research Series, Neuroscience Graduate Program Seminars, Research Ethics Grand Rounds, Core-sponsored training, annual Science Day, special lectures, research conferences, and meetings. Researchers may propose events or schedule meetings with guest lecturers.

Services include:

  • Event planning
  • Handling correspondence; arranging transportation, lodging, and meals
  • Planning agenda and arranging meeting facilities
  • Producing and disseminating preliminary and final agendas or programs
  • Handling publicity
  • Managing on-line registration and follow-up evaluation
  • Arranging technical support
  • Processing reimbursement of lecturers or conference participants
  • Coordinating reservation for Room 241 research event space (reservation form and policies)

View events:

Contact: Elizabeth Turner

Communication Services

The staff maintains dissemination database and websites, manages electronic communication, including organization-wide e-newsletter Monday Morning Message, Discovery, and Notables newsletters; develops and disseminates print materials for projects and activities; and manages media relations in coordination with Vanderbilt University/Vanderbilt University Medical Center News and Communications.

Media relations: News isn't always good. If you become aware of a "bad news" situation, please notify Jan Rosemergy, who will immediately notify Vanderbilt News and Public Affairs.


  • Jan Rosemergy, Ph.D., Communications Consultation, Event Planning, Newsletters, Travel Awards
  • Elizabeth Turner, Event Management, Dissemination Database, Website Updates, Social Media, Monday Morning Message
  • Jon Tapp, VKC Website and Related Websites

Attention Investigators!

If you make use of these services or facilities, please acknowledge this support in publications, as required by the EKS NICHD.

Sample: "Research supported in this publication was supported by the EKS NICHD of the NIH under Award #U54HD083211. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH."

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