Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Event Details

Science Day 2014

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Date: January 14, 2014

Time: 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Location: Student Life Center

Registration Closed

Science Day - January 14, 2014

A Tradition With Innovation

Each year, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center holds this special event to promote "centeredness" among its faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff.

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center supports basic/molecular, applied, and clinical research and training. The VKC has more than 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 may 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. Posters are within three theme areas:

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

Call for Posters

The call for posters will be opened on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, and closed on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. There will be no exceptions. Abstract submissions are welcomed from Vanderbilt students and/or VKC LEND and UCEDD trainees from Vanderbilt or other participating universities.

UPDATE: The call for poster abstracts is now closed.

Posters must fit the 4' by 8' space allotted for each poster board. PLEASE NOTE: The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center can no longer print posters for Science Day. Please seek alternative means for poster printing.


Registration from this page gives the Science Day Coordinator advance knowledge that you will be attending Science Day, either as a presenter or as an attendee. These numbers will be used for planning purposes, such as seating accommodations and catering. There is no cost to attend Science Day, and the event is open to the public to attend.

2014 VKC Science Day Agenda

  • 12:00 p.m.: Registration and Poster Hanging Opens
  • 1:00 p.m.: VKC Welcome, Science Day Overview, and Introduction of Keynote Speaker (Board of Trust Room)
    Roger Colbran, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics; VKC Science Day Chair; and Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs, Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine, and Pharmacology
  • 1:05 p.m.: Keynote Address (Board of Trust Room):
    Opportunities and Challenges in Discovery of Breakthrough Medicines for Serious Brain Disorders
    Jeffrey Conn, Ph.D., Lee E. Limbird Professor of Pharmacology
  • 1:30 p.m.: Poster Session I (Ballroom)
  • 2:30 p.m.: Data Blitz Introduction (Board of Trust Room)
    Roger Colbran, Ph.D., VKC Science Day Chair
  • 2:35 p.m.: Data Blitz 1: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience:
    DAT’s More Than Enough: Leaky Dopamine Transporters and ADHD
    Maureen Hahn, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology
    The DAT Val559 Mouse Model of ADHD
    Raajaram Gowrishankar, Doctoral Student, Neuroscience Program
  • 2:55 p.m.: Data Blitz 2: Clinical, Behavioral, and Intervention Research:
    What Can We Learn About Anxiety and Sociability From Neurodevelopmental Disorders?
    Tricia Thornton-Wells, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    How Can We Quantify Sociability or Social Cognition?
    Jordan Plaxico, Undergraduate Honors Student in Lab of Sohee Park, Ph.D.
  • 3:10 p.m.: Data Blitz 3: Systems Neuroscience:
    A Social Neuroscience Approach to Examine Stress and Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Blythe Corbett, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry
    Behavioral and Endocrine Alterations in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Kale Edmiston, Master’s Student in Systems Neuroscience
  • 3:25 p.m.: Break for Refreshments (Ballroom)
  • 3:40 p.m.: Poster Session II (Ballroom)
  • 4:40 p.m.: Appreciation (Ballroom)
    Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., Annette Schaffer Eskind Chair and VKC Director; Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics
    All are invited to remain for wine and cheese and continued conversation
  • 4:45 p.m.: Posters Removed

More information will be posted as it is made available.

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