Conte Center

Vanderbilt / NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research

Next Conte Meeting Tuesday, September 20 with Pat Levitt presenting


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Vanderbilt University
465 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232
615-936-1898
For more information,
please contact Denise Malone.


Enduring Impact of Early-Life Serotonin Signaling

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The NIMH/Vanderbilt Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research, established through funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, supports research and training to elucidate gene, protein and cellular networks through which serotonin (5-HT) modulates brain development, signaling, plasticity and mental illness.

The Conte Center currently supports the projects of four internationally recognized investigators at Vanderbilt, University of Southern California and Case Western Universities, as well as the pilot investigations of three junior investigators. Core laboratories offer state of the art technologies and research support to facilitate interactions among Conte investigators, program consultants and collaborators.

Established in 2008, the Vanderbilt/NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience research first studied Genes Controlling Assembly and Function of Serotonin Systems.



Now in its second cycle, Enduring Effects of Early-Life Serotonin Signaling, the Conte Center Investigators will explore the theory that tight control of developmental determinants of serotonin signaling is required to achieve normal patterns of behavioral flexibility and to minimize the risk for life-long neuropsychiatric disorders.





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2016 Conte Symposium


Join us for our final symposium on Friday, October 28th in 1220 MRB III, Hooked on a Feeling: Serotonin, Reward and the Addicted Brain.

Our speakers this year are

  • Noelle Anastasio, Ph.D., University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Randy Blakley, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
  • Jeremiah Cohen, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
  • Gül Dolen, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
  • Lynn Kirby, Ph.D., Temple University

Space is limited,
please click here to register.
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2016 SURE Program


The 2016 Poster Session featuring our Conte SURE students was Thursday, August 4th . This year’s students, in order of left to right, are

  • Elizabeth Bowen, Fisk University, Wallace Lab
  • Amanda Pirrone, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Emeson Lab
  • Emma Spillman, University of Delaware, Harrison Lab
  • Maia Weisenhaus, Bard College, McMahon Lab
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Brain Matters Exhibit


Visit out Brain Matters Exhibit at Vanderbilt Health, One Hundred Oaks to learn about brain science and health. The exhibit is accessible during clinic hours and is free and open to the public. Click here to learn more.
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Conte Center Resources


Gene2Net is a web application that expands a gene of interest into a gene co-expression network based on a gene expression data set selected from an underlying database.

Click here to learn more about the new Gene2Net application created by the Conte Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core and for links to the application.



Note to Conte Investigators: please cite the Conte Center Grant P50 MH096972 when writing reviews,
abstracts, papers and other Conte related work projects.

Please refer to
NOT-OD-12-160 regarding Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements by the NIH