Science Day

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

2019 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day will take place Tuesday, Sept. 17, 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. Science Day activities will include a keynote address by VKC investigator and Graduate School Dean Mark Wallace, two poster sessions, presentations by notable poster presenters, as well as lunch and a closing wine and cheese reception. More information will be posted on this page as it is available.

Science Day goals

  • Promote “centeredness” by providing a scientific forum.
  • Provide an opportunity to present significant research findings.
  • Encourage research collaboration.

A Tradition With Innovation

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.

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 will be awarded among undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows 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

NEW THIS YEAR: We will be returning to on-site poster judging in 2019! However, judges who are assigned to each poster will be varied among their fields of research -- judges will not be assigned based on subject matter of the posters -- so scores will be issued on overall presentation of the material. Poster presenters: it's your mission to make your presentations interesting, understandable, and accessible to everyone!

With the return of on-site judging (with prize winners announced at the end of Science Day during the wine and cheese reception), we'll also be changing our presentations during Science Day. This year, Science Day Committee members will be selecting the top abstract in their respective themes and asking those presenters to share their research in 15 minutes with the Science Day audience.

UPDATE: The Call for Posters is closed.


Register to attend

Abstract submission does not mean that you are registered to attend Science Day. Registration will open on June 3 on the Science Day Events page. Advance registration will aid in nametags and catering requests. Registration to attend will close on 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

1:0 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”
    • Hernan Gonzalez, (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

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Turner