Overview of Research Centers
Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education (ACCRE)
The Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education (ACCRE) provides state of the art computing, storage, and visualization facilities campus-wide, supporting projects spanning the university's College of Arts and Science, Medical Center, and School of Engineering. ACCRE facilities currently support applications from such diverse fields as geology, particle physics, nanoscience, microelectronics, biophysics, structural biology, proteomics, neuroscience, and human genetics. ACCRE supports the VAnderbilt Multi-Processor Integrated Research Engine (VAMPIRE), a large-scale cluster of personal computers, sometimes called a "Beowulf" system, that has supercomputer performance.
Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience (CICN)
The Mission of the Center for Integrative and Cognitive Neuroscience (CICN) is to sustain programs of research to elucidate how normal and abnormal behavior and cognition arise from the function of the brain. This is accomplished by facilitating the formation of alliances of investigators with common interests, identifying and supporting opportunities for faculty recruitment, facilitating the acquisition of new collaborative grants and maintenance of existing center grants, and facilitating the acquisition and supervising the administration of core services.
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Disabilities and Human Development
The mission of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Disabilities and Human Development is to improve the quality of life of persons with disorders of thinking, learning, perception, communication, mood and emotion caused by disruption of typical development. The center is a national University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and a Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. The center maintains offices for researchers and is host to a number of professional development and community resource workshops.
Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Science (VUIIS)
Vanderbilt has made major institutional commitments to clinical , affective, and cognitive neuroscience research through the creation of the Vanderbilt University Institute for Imaging Science (VUIIS). The VUIIS is headed by renowned MR physicist John Gore. VUIIS supports a wide range of imaging research from physics to molecular biology to cognitive neuroscience. Of particular relevance to human brain research, VUIIS has a state of the art Philips Intera Achieva 3T scanner, and has agreed to purchase a Philips 7T research scanner for installation at the summer of 2006. At that time, the VUIIS will be moving into a brand new building (click here), designed and built especially for it. The scanners are supported by a number of radiological technologists, MR physicists, research associates, including more than fifteen imaging science faculty. The VUIIS also has mechanisms to support pilot research through internal grants.
Vanderbilt Vision Research Center (VVRC)
The Vanderbilt Vision Research Center (VVRC) administers a core grant and a training grant from the National Eye Institute directed by Dr. David J. Calkins. The VVRC provides core services to 49 vision researchers in 11 departments across the university. Members of the Psychology Department are affiliated with the VVRC. The VVRC supports an administrative assistant, veterinary technician, a histotechnologist phenotyping, a computer systems administrator, a neuroimaging engineer, an instrument maker, in vitro and in vivo imaging, and technicians to facilitate transgenic mouse production and proteomics and genomics analyses. The VVRC sponsors special seminars throughout the academic year.