Data Blitz Presenters:
- Jennifer Markfeld (Clinical/Behavioral/Educational/Intervention Research): “Associations Between Caregiver Stress and Language Outcomes in Infants with Autistic and Non-Autistic Siblings”
- Camila Alviar (Clinical/Behavioral/Educational/Intervention Research): “Trajectories of Visual Attention to Infant-Directed Song and Speech Across Development in Autism and Typical Development”
- Michelle Piazza, (Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience): “Evaluation of the therapeutic potential of ketamine in a mouse model of Rett syndrome"
- Hee Jung Jeong (Systems Neuroscience): “Functional Network Topology and Environmental Stressor”
- Jacob Feldman (Systems Neuroscience): “Resting State EEG Predicts Later Language in Infant Siblings of Children with and without Autism”
4:00 p.m.: Appreciation, Announcement of Science Day Poster Award Winners, and Closing Remarks
- 2022 VKC Science Day Committee Members:
- Carissa Cascio, Ph.D. (Undergraduate, Science Day Chair), Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
- Sasha Key, Ph.D. (Systems Neuroscience), Research Associate Professor of Hearing & Speech Sciences and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director, VKC Psychophysiology Lab
- Rebecca Ihrie, Ph.D. (Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience), Associate Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology and Neurological Surgery
- Jeff Hine, Ph.D. (Clinical/BehavioralEducation/Intervention Research), Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; TRIAD Director of Primary Care Outreach/Training
- Jeff Neul, M.D., Ph.D., VKC Director
4:30 p.m.: Posters Removed
2022 Science Day Abstracts and Poster Session Assignments
Click here to view the 2022 VKC Science Day poster abstracts. Abstracts are in alphabetical order by presenter last name. To find a particular abstact, use the Ctrl+F feature on your computer to search for the presenter's last name.
Click here to view the 2022 VKC Science Day poster map.
Click here to view the 2022 VKC Science Day agenda.
Click here to view the 2022 VKC Science Day program book.
VKC Science Day: 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.
Science Day goals:
- Promote “centeredness” by providing a scientific forum.
- Provide an opportunity to present significant research findings.
- Encourage research collaboration.
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. Poster submittals are divided among three Science Day research themes (*NEW* definitions of each at the bottom of this page):
- Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
- Clinical, Behavioral, Educational, & Intervention Research
- Systems Neuroscience
Following Science Day, all poster presenters (first authors) are eligible to submit a request for VKC travel award funding ($250 maximum) to present at a scientific or professional conference before the next Science Day (date TBD). Posters presented at other scientific or professional meetings within the last year are eligible for submission. More information on travel award eligibility may be found here.
Data Blitz Consideration:
Presenters who enter the Science Day Poster Competition also submit their abstract for consideration for the Science Day Data Blitz. Following the submission deadline, Science Day Program Committee members review the submitted abstracts in each theme and, based on ABSTRACT QUALITY, select in advance a small number of presenters to share brief research presentations with the Science Day audience, with time for Q&A.
Science Day Poster Competition:
Presenters who opt into in the Poster Competition will have two faculty judges visit their poster during their assigned poster session to review the poster and ask questions. Judges will issue scores based on PRESENTATION QUALITY and COMPREHENSION OF THE RESEARCH. Scores will be tabulated at the end of the second poster session.
Up to seven winners will be chosen: one graduate and postdoctoral presenter from each of the three themes (Systems Neuroscience; Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience; and Clinical, Behavioral, Educational, & Intervention Research), as well as one overall undergraduate presenter. The winners will each receive a $250 Warren Lambert Award, in the form of a cash prize or supplemental travel funds to present their research at a scientific meeting during the year.
Science Day Themes and Their Definitions:
Science Day posters are divided into three themes. Please read the definitions of each theme below to determine the category that best fits your poster research:
- Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience: Posters within this theme feature studies of model organisms, tissues, cells, molecules, or organelles using molecular biology, flow cytometry, imaging cytometry, and/or pharmacological or genetic tools.
- Clinical, Behavioral, Educational, & Intervention Research: Posters within this theme feature research involving human participants, some of which may be designed to evaluate the effects of an educational or behavioral intervention. The effect of the intervention being evaluated should be a health-related, biomedical, educational, or behavioral outcome. This can include knowledge and quality of life outcomes. The intervention in this case can be defined as a manipulation of the participant's environment for the purpose of modifying one or more of these outcomes. Examples can include delivery systems, medications, devices/instruments, procedures/techniques, therapeutic interventions, treatment/prevention/diagnostic strategies, or implementation strategies of any of the above.
- Systems Neuroscience: Posters within this theme feature research on the nervous system at the level of circuits or entire networks, with the goal of understanding neural mechanisms supporting sensory and motor function, multisensory interactions, learning and memory, attention, emotion, and decision-making. Many studies in this category are translational, involving both neurotypical participants and individuals with disabilities (congenital or acquired), as well as animal models. Research methods in this category tend to include functional imaging techniques such as (f)MRI, EEG/ERP, fNIRS, PET, etc.