Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Support Services for Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Faculty

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center has a Center Core grant as a Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

An important purpose of this grant is to facilitate collaborations among investigators. The Core research support units help accomplish this goal by supporting research, by providing activities that promote interaction, and by attracting new investigators to the field. Five Core units provide research support services to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigators.

The pages in this section provide details and contact information for the various services provided through the Core units.

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Core A - Administrative Services

Administrative Services Core conducts and manages the Center's major financial, administrative, and clerical activities, and provides financial and administrative support for all Cores and individual research projects. With University support, grants development services are provided, as well as services related to development (e.g., foundations, individual donors), communication, education, and governance functions.

Core B - Basic Neuroscience Services

Provides investigators with core facilities and services to support biomedical research, to facilitate interdisciplinary neuroscience collaborations, and to provide access to emerging technologies.

Core C - Statistics and Methodology

Provides statistical consulting, research software and database development, as well as a quantitative education series, methodological toolkits, and statistical research.

Core D - Clinical Neuroscience Services

Assistance with state-of-the-art psychological and behavioral assessments, as well as accessing and using four highly specialized technologies that add new dimensions to ongoing research, specifically in genetics, human neuroimaging, psychophysiology, sleep and circadian rhythm.

Core E - Participant Recruitment and Assessment

Provides investigators with increased access to clinical research populations through ongoing and new relationships with community and state agencies, medical and psychiatric clinics and hospitals, local school systems, local and state community conferences and events, and written and web-based recruitment materials.

Attention Investigators!

If you make use of these services or facilities, please acknowledge this support in publications, as required by the EKS NICHD. Sample: "This research was supported by [your grant number] and NICHD Grant P30 HD15052 to the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development."

Leadership Contacts

Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., Director

Karoly Mirnics, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Director

Jan Rosemergy, Ph.D., Deputy Director

Tim Stafford, MMHC, Director of Operations

Additional Notes for Investigators

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center cores periodically organize training in response to investigators' requests and needs. Submit requests to core director or Jan Rosemergy.

User surveys are distributed annually to assess service quality and the match with investigators' needs. A Core Advisory Committee, advisory to the Director, meets twice a year to assess Core services center-wide. Questions? Contact Jan Rosemergy (615) 322-8238.

Core researchers and staff can access information about research and support services throughout the EKSIDDRC network by using the EKSIDDRC web portal. New users will need to request a user account and send an email requesting a log-in; or contact