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New faculty Elizabeth Biggs: Nurturing potential in students with disabilities

Sep. 29, 2019—Peabody College assistant professor Elizabeth Biggs’ introduction to the academic field that would become her passion started with a misunderstanding.

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Register to attend 2019 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day through Sept. 12

Sep. 11, 2019—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's 2019 Science Day will showcase more than 100 posters submitted by undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research faculty and staff conducting research in the labs or programs of VKC members and investigators. Science Day is set for Tuesday, Sept. 17, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

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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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Health professionals who serve individuals with disabilities needed for research study

Jul. 11, 2019—Vanderbilt researchers are seeking health professionals from various health care fields who currently work professionally with individuals with disabilities in their professional practice to share their experiences as part of a research study.

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center U54 Research Project Grant deadline extended to June 21

Jun. 17, 2019—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development announces a call for proposals for the U54 Research Project Grant. This grant award competition is open to VU and VUMC faculty who are investigators or members of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, or who have begun the process for membership at the time of the application submission.

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Treating core Rett syndrome symptoms

Jun. 6, 2019—A new study published in Neurology reports the drug trofinetide has proven safe and effective in treating core symptoms of Rett syndrome in female children and adolescents.

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Vanderbilt KidTalk seeking toddlers with language delays for research study

May. 17, 2019—Researchers with Vanderbilt KidTalk are looking for families willing to participate in a study looking at the effects of a language intervention for children 27-30 months with language delays.

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center call for proposals for disabilities research project

May. 14, 2019—The mission of the VKC is to facilitate discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

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VKC Hobbs Discovery and Strategic Priorities grants announced

Mar. 7, 2019—A Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Grant and a Director’s Strategic Priorities Grant have been awarded to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigators for 2019-20. The grants aim to further understanding of how social information is processed within the reward circuit and explore the creation of an objective measure of social information processing.

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SENSE Theatre to perform ‘The Makeover’ March 8-9

Feb. 19, 2019—Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator Blythe Corbett and her winter 2019 participants of the SENSE Theatre program will bring the original musical The Makeover to life March 8 and 9 at Belmont University’s Troutt Black Box Theater. The performances are the culmination of practice and hard work put in by research participants on the autism spectrum as well as trained typically developing peer actors who will join them on stage.

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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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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s ‘Educate to Advocate’ event Feb. 4

Jan. 30, 2019—Educate to Advocate is held each year to prepare disability self-advocates, family members, and allies of individuals with disabilities to speak with their elected representatives on Disability Day on the Hill, which will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

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