Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
Science Day

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

2014 Poster Abstracts are here.

Science Day goals

  • Promote “centeredness” by providing a scientific forum.
  • Provide an opportunity to present significant research findings.
  • Encourage research collaboration.
posters and presenters at Science Day

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.

VKC Science Day 2014 will be held Tuesday, January 14, 2014, in the Student Life Center

UPDATE: The call for posters is now closed. However, registration to attend Science Day is available by clicking here or visiting the VKC Events Calendar.

POSTER PRESENTERS: Posters must fit the 4-foot by 8-foot allotted space provided on each poster board. For the sake of traffic flow through the rows of posters, we ask that you keep your presentations limited to the poster board space. PLEASE NOTE: The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center can no longer print posters for Science Day. Please seek alternative means of poster printing.


More than 120 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. Poster areas of concentration fall within Science Day's three theme areas:

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

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

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