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Meet the alpacas that are helping researchers who study autism, Alzheimer’s and cancer

Aug. 13, 2019—Alpacas aren’t the typical animals that drivers spot as they wind their way through rural Tennessee, but there’s a happy herd of them outside Waverly, where they eat the finest pellets, walk up and down a scenic hill and potentially save lives. They’re owned by a team of Vanderbilt University researchers looking to harness their...

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Vanderbilt celebrates opening of Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

Jul. 29, 2019—The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation, a new center that brings engineers, business scholars and disabilities researchers together with experts in neuroscience and education to understand, maximize and promote neurodiverse talent, celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, July 25.

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Defective transporter linked to autism

Jul. 24, 2019—A first-of-its-kind mouse model may help reveal mechanistic underpinnings for the altered behaviors of autism spectrum disorder.

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Researchers explore perceptions of touch in people with autism

Jun. 26, 2019—Is the sense of touch perceived differently in people without autism?

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Autism and Innovation

May. 14, 2019—Peabody College senior Claire Barnett, left, poses with autism advocate Temple Grandin before Grandin’s appearance at Vanderbilt in November as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series. A senior majoring in human and organizational development, Barnett, who learned a year ago that she is on the autism spectrum, works as an intern at Vanderbilt’s Frist Center...

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‘Ambassadors of Autism’ art exhibit opens April 26

Apr. 22, 2019—“Ambassadors of Autism,” a fine art exhibit designed to raise awareness of autism, those who are on the spectrum and their abilities, and those dealing with autism in various roles, will open at the Curb Center at Vanderbilt on Friday, April 26. An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Study finds children with autism more likely to face maltreatment

Feb. 15, 2019—Middle Tennessee children with autism spectrum disorder are 2.5 times more likely than children without ASD to be reported to the Child Abuse Hotline by age 8.

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What’s On My Mind: Embracing neurodiversity in research and practice

Dec. 3, 2018—Exploring neurodiversity is important for educational development, and it is also driving new research with the potential to fuel innovation in a variety of fields, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week's column.

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Grandin rejects low expectations, insists workforce critically needs people with autism in VU lecture

Nov. 30, 2018—Temple Grandin—inventor, speaker, author and perhaps the autism community’s best-known advocate—encouraged her audience at Vanderbilt University on Thursday to embrace the diagnosis of autism for what it can do: add diverse thinkers to a workforce that not only can accommodate them, but desperately needs them.

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Vanderbilt University launches the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

Nov. 8, 2018—A $10 million gift from alumna Jennifer R. Frist, BS’93, and husband William R. “Billy” Frist will endow a new center focused on supporting and developing the neurodiverse talents of individuals with autism at Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering.

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Register for Autism, Innovation and the Workforce fall conference featuring Temple Grandin by Nov. 9

Oct. 25, 2018—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, along with the Vanderbilt Initiative for Autism, Innovation and the Workforce, will hold its daylong fall conference, "Envisioning the Future of Human Technology Partnerships," on Thursday, Nov. 29. The deadline to register is Nov. 9.

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Teens with and without autism needed for VUMC study

Sep. 18, 2018—The SENSE Lab invites children 10-13 years of age with ASD and children with typical development to take part in a NIMH-funded study that examines stress and social functioning across pubertal development.

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