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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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.
Provides investigators with core facilities and services to support biomedical research, to facilitate interdisciplinary neuroscience collaborations, and to provide access to emerging technologies.
Provides statistical consulting, research software and database development, as well as a quantitative education series, methodological toolkits, and statistical research.
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.
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.
Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., Director
Karoly Mirnics, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Director
Jan Rosemergy, Ph.D., Deputy Director
Tim Stafford, Director of Operations
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.