Conte Center

Vanderbilt / NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research

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



Conte Center Research in the News



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The Vanderbilt/NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research received a second grant to continue its studies of serotonin signaling during early development. To learn more about the Center and Projects, read the full article from the August 30th Vanderbilt Reporter. Established in 2007, the Conte Center continues to expand its outreach and education efforts, through the interactive Brain Matters Exhibit at Vanderbilt Health, One Hundred Oaks, a new summer research program for undergraduates and graduate student support.


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Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, M.D., and Randy Blakely Ph.D., were featured in an article in the March 23rd Vanderbilt Reporter, discussing their recent publication in PNAS, Autism gene variant causes hyperserotonemia, serotonin receptor hypersensitivity, social impairment and repetitive behavior.


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Interactive brain exhibits opened on September 22, 2011 at Vanderbilt Health, One Hundred Oaks. Developed by the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and the Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research, the exhibits introduce guests to brain science and health, and the neuroscience research underway at Vanderbilt that creates understanding of mental illness and advances treatments.

Read the full article at
Research News at Vanderbilt and in the Vanderbilt Reporter.


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Research by Levitt's team determined the placenta as the source of fetal serotonin required in early brain development, not the mother as previously thought. Read more on this story at NPR in the article Babies' Developing Brains Fed By Placenta, Not Mom by Jon Hamilton, or listen to the interview with Pat Levitt on All Things Considered.