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Vanderbilt leads study investigating impact of theatre on youth with autism

Jan. 15, 2018—  Autism researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and two other universities have received a $2.99 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to conduct a four-year multisite project investigating the impact of theatre and peer mediation on the social competence of youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The multisite intervention project...

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center announces Discovery and Strategic Priorities grants

Jan. 10, 2018—Three Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Grants and two Director’s Strategic Priorities Grants have been awarded for 2018-19, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center has announced.

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Children and adolescents needed for study on reading and learning

Jan. 10, 2018—Children and adolescents ages 9-14 are needed for a Vanderbilt University research study to better understand the relationship between reading and learning.

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Children’s Hospital opens comprehensive Prader-Willi syndrome clinic

Jan. 8, 2018—A comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinic serving patients with Prader-Willi syndrome recently opened at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a complex genetic disorder that affects appetite, growth, metabolism, cognitive function and behavior. It is characterized by the inability to achieve satiety, developmental delays and intellectual disability, short stature, behavioral concerns, sleep...

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VKC Science Day to focus on science of development and developmental disabilities

Dec. 19, 2017—Technology as a tool in research and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be the keynote topic at the 10th annual Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

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Making connections in autism research across VU and VUMC focus of Nov. 17 event

Oct. 17, 2017—"Surprising Connections in Autism and Innovation,” a day of presentations, poster sessions and cross-discipline conversations, will be held Friday, Nov. 17, at The Commons Center, rooms 237 and 235.

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Initiative focuses on empowering young adults with autism

Jul. 27, 2017—A new Vanderbilt initiative aims to improve the lives of young adults with autism spectrum disorders who often end up socially isolated once they leave school.

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Three from Vanderbilt Kennedy Center recognized

Jun. 28, 2017—Two national disability-related organizations representing professionals and families are recognizing the accomplishments of three Vanderbilt Kennedy Center members.

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Remembering Floyd Dennis, disability civil rights advocate

May. 17, 2017—H. Floyd Dennis, professor of special education, emeritus, died April 17 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was 89. As a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researcher, Dennis was founding director of the Kennedy Center Institute on Youth and Social Development.

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Memorial service for Professor Vivien Casagrande set for April 12

Mar. 24, 2017—A memorial service for Professor Vivien Casagrande is planned for April 12 in Benton Chapel.

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Neul named new director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Mar. 7, 2017—Jeffrey Neul, M.D., Ph.D., division head of Child Neurology and vice chair for Developmental Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, has been named the new director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. He will join Vanderbilt on Aug. 1.

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Gene mutation discovery may hold autism clues: study

Feb. 2, 2017—Researchers at Vanderbilt have identified what may be a genetic “smoking gun” for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — a mutation in the gene for the critical neuronal protein CaMKII.

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Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital with helipad

Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital with helipad

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