The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Education and Human Development was one of twelve original members of a national network of Mental Retardation Research Centers created by the Kennedy administration in 1963. The center's mission is to improve the quality of life of persons with disorders caused by the disruption of typical development, supporting and applying scientific research to bring better services and training to the community.
Over 300 scientists from 50 departments, centers, and institutes across the Vanderbilt University campus delve into questions in brain sciences spanning a spectrum from molecules to the mind.
The Center for Medicine, Health and Society offers an innovative way of linking the humanities and social sciences to a major academic medical center. CMHS programs are horizontally integrated across Vanderbilt's nine schools and colleges as well as vertically integrated, from freshman seminars to postdoctoral training and continuing medical education. In this trans-institutional and interdisciplinary model, research, teaching, and community outreach and service are interconnected.
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is a place to hope and place to heal for patients and their families. In 2017, Children's Hospital was recognized as one of the premier children's hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, ranking in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialty programs.