Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

mouse brains beneath a microscope

Basic Neuroscience Services

Objectives are to provide investigators with core facilities and services to support biomedical research; to facilitate interdisciplinary neuroscience collaborations; and to provide access to emerging technologies.

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."

Advanced Optical Microscopy Imaging

Services include training and use of standard light microscopes and image analysis equipment. This core service is provided within Vanderbilt's Cell Imaging Shared Resource.

Molecular Neurobiology and Genomics Core Service

Provides equipment, methodology consultation, and reagents that assist in the introduction of transgenes for transient transfection, and in the localization of transgene and endogenous gene products.

Mouse Behavioral Phenotyping Facility

Joint facility operated by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and Vanderbilt Brain Institute; houses a full range of mouse behavioral equipment.


Services include various analytical assays, training in HPLC methods for measurement of neurotransmitters and other neurochemicals, DNA extractions, processing of DNA samples and more.

Scientific Instrumentation

Design and construction of specialized scientific research equipment.


Karoly Mirnics, M.D., Ph.D., Core Director, Neuroscience Services, (615) 727-4835

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