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2019 VKC Science Day

Date: September 17, 2019

Time: 11:30AM to 4:30PM

Location: Student Life Center


VKC programs

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day - Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

2019 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day will take place Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Vanderbilt University Student Life Center. Posters will be hung in the Commodore Ballroom from 10:00-11:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Commodore Ballroom. Science Day festivities will include lunch, two poster sessions, a keynote, and a Data Blitz, closing with a wine/cheese reception. More information will be posted on this page as details are solidified.

A Tradition With Innovation:

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center supports basic/molecular, applied, and clinical research and training. The VKC has over 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.

Poster Sessions:

More than 100 posters will 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. Prizes in the form of travel awards will be awarded to an undergraduate student, graduate student, and postdoctoral fellow* for best research poster in each of the following research themes:

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

In addition, all poster presenters (first authors) become VKC Affiliates and are eligible to compete for VKC travel awards to present at a scientific or professional conference in the next year. Posters presented at other scientific or professional meetings within the last year are eligible for submission.

2019 Poster Competition and Data Blitz Participation

UPDATE: The Call for Posters is closed.


Register to attend

Abstract submission does not mean that you are registered to attend Science Day. Please register to attend by clicking the button at the top left of this page. Advance registration will aid in nametags and catering requests. The deadline to register to attend is THURSDAY, SEPT. 12. Thank you.

2019 VKC Science Day Agenda:

10:00 a.m.: Registration and Poster Hanging Opens (boxed lunches available)

11:30 a.m.: Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Kevin Ess. Ph.D., Science Day Chair
  • Lisa Monteggia, Ph.D., Barlow Family Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute
  • Jeff Neul, M.D., Ph.D., Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Director

12:00 p.m.: Keynote Address: Translational Studies of Sensory Function in Autism: Emergent Properties of a Collaborative Model

  • Mark Wallace, Ph.D., Louise B. McGavock Endowed Chair; Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology; Dean, Vanderbilt University Graduate School
  • Carissa Cascio, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
  • Tiffany Woynaroski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences

1:00 p.m.: Poster Session 1

2:00 p.m.: Poster Session 2 (wine and cheese reception opens at 2:45 p.m.)

3:00 p.m.: VKC Data Blitz

  • Introduction: Kevin Ess, M.D., Ph.D., Science Day Chair
  • Data Blitz Presenters:
    • Jin Wang, (Clinical/Behavioral/Intervention Research): “Neural representations of phonology in temporal cortex scaffold longitudinal reading gains in 5- to 7- year-old children”
    • Tyler Perfitt, (Clinical/Molecular Neuroscience): “Autism and ID-Linked Synaptic Proteins Modulate Signaling to the Nucleus and Activity-Dependent Gene Expression”
    • Hernán González, (Systems Neuroscience): “Nucleus basalis MRI functional connectivity abnormalities in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy”
    • Kunj Patel, (Undergraduate): “Significant Differences in Social Evaluative Stress Between Early Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typical Development”

4:30 p.m.: Appreciation, Announcement of Science Day Poster Award Winners, and Closing Remarks

  • 2019 VKC Science Day Committee Members:
    • Kevin Ess, M.D., Ph.D. (Undergraduate, Science Day Chair), Gerald M. Fenichel Chair in Neurology; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Cell & Developmental Biology, and Neurology; Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology
    • James Booth, Ph.D. (Systems Neuroscience), Patricia & Rodes Hart Chair and Professor of Psychology & Human Development
    • Sachin Patel, M.D., Ph.D. (Cellular/Molecular Neuroscience), James G. Blakemore Chair and Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics and Pharmacology
    • Tiffany Woynaroski, Ph.D. (Clinical/Behavioral/Intervention), Assistant Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences
  • Jeff Neul, M.D., Ph.D., VKC Director

4:30 p.m.: Posters Removed


The VKC welcomes persons with disabilities.

Contact kc@vumc.org or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).