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Kennedy Center Science Day set for Jan. 15

Jan. 10, 2013, 9:20 AM

The latest science relevant to autism, Down syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder will be discussed Tuesday, Jan. 15, during Science Day 2013, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development.

The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Student Life Center, is free and open to the public. Registration is required to ensure enough box lunches are available. To register, go to and click on Science Day 2013.

Scheduled speakers and their topics include:

• Beth Malow, M.D., professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and Burry Chair in Childhood Cognitive Development — sleep education for parents of children with autism;

• Tricia Thornton-Wells, Ph.D., assistant professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics — imaging genetics of Alzheimer’s disease risk in Down syndrome; and

• Sachin Patel, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychiatry — pathophysiology of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Kennedy Center Director Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D., Annette Schaefer Eskind Chair and professor of Psychology & Human Development, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, will give a keynote address and a new Kennedy Center video on the future of developmental disabilities research will be shown.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Turner at 322-8240 or

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