Mark Wallace

Mark Wallace, Ph.D Laboratory Director

Dean of the Graduate
School

Wallace Lab News

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{August 2016}

Iliza Butera receives a National Research Service Award (NRSA) by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). -- Iliza's fellowship proposal entitled "Individual differences in cochlear implant users' audiovisual integration and links to speech proficiency" was selected for 3 years of funding by the NIH. In her proposal she described a collaborative project between Mark Wallace and René Gifford of the Bill Wilkerson Cochlear Implant Clinic. The goal of this work is to provide an essential link between individual differences in audiovisual integration and variability in ecological measures of speech perception. The proposed experiments have the capacity to generate empirical groundwork for novel multisensory therapeutic interventions, along with the capability of evaluating clinical, behavioral, and neural predictors of post-operative speech proficiency in cochlear implant users.

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{August 2016}

Dr. Mark Wallace gives Viewpoint on how people with autism perceive the world in Spectrum and Scientific American. -- Timing is Key to Understanding Sensory and Social Issues in Autism. People with autism tend to integrate auditory and visual information over longer windows of time.

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{March 2016}

Gabby DiCarlo receives Conte Pilot Award.-- Gabby DiCarlo's project titled "Serotonin Dysregulation & Sensory Processing Abnormalities associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder" will evaluate the role of serotonin dysregulation in sensory dysfunction and the behaviors classically associated with ASD. She will study auditory and visual processing in a novel cortical region for multisensory integration, V2L, via anatomical and electrophysiological characterization and a behavioral phenotype reversal experiments in SERT Ala56 mice and wild-type mice.

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{January 2016}

Mark Wallace named Vanderbilt University Dean of Graduate School. -- Dr. Wallace will serve as the chief administrator for all graduate programs within Vanderbilt University’s schools and colleges. He has an aggressive vision and commitment to elevate the Graduate School to a new level of academic excellence and research leadership by strengthening relationships within the institution, nationally and abroad.

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{December 2015}

Antonia Thelen receives new 18-month research fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundtion (SNSF). -- Advanced Postdoc Mobility fellowships from SNSF are given to postdocs who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad. Dr. Thelen will be investigating the neuronal coding mechanisms underlying motion perception at Vanderbilt.

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{November 2015}

Nashville Scene showcases new Vanderbilt initiative to better understand the intersections between music and neuroscience. -- As part of the initiative, Dr. Mark Wallace, Dr. Nicole Baganz, and Mark Garson (Los Angeles composer) are beginning a new study to investigate the potential therapeutic effects of music for children with autism.

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{September 2015}

Sarah Baum, Justin Siemann, and Antonia Thelen win poster competition awards from Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day.-- Sarah Baum won on the Postdoctoral Level in the Clinical, Behavioral, and Intervention Research category for her work "Connecting individual differences sensory and cognitive function in healthy aging". Justin Siemann won on the Graduate Level in the Systems Neuroscience category for his work "Changes in Serotonin Signalling Alter Multisensory Function in the Mouse: Implications for Autism". Antonia Thelen won on the Postdoctoral Level in the Systems Neuroscience category for her work "Electrophysiological correlates of performance variablity in multisensory detection".

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{September 2015}

Mark Wallace leds new research project for Vanderbilt Kennedy Center's new five-year grant given by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.-- Dr. Wallace will investigate the sensory and multisensory contributions to autism in support of this new grant. The grant supports basic and applied research on intellectual and developmental disabilities, an admnistrative core, and a research project led by Dr. Wallace.

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{July 2015}

Sarah Baum receives Meixner Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Research from Autism Speaks.-- Dr. Baum will explore possible causes of sensory-processing difficulties in people with autism. She will also investigate how these sensory difficulties contribute to communication challenges. Her goal is to advance the development of more effective treatment strategies for autism and sensory-processing disorders, which often go hand and hand.

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{July 2015}

Tiffany Woynaroski receives VUMC Faculty Research Scholars Award.-- Dr. Woynaroski's project titled "Temporal Facilitation of Audiovisual Speech Perception and Language in Kindergarteners with Autism Spectrum Disorder" looks to evaluate whether speed of audiovisual speech perception (a) explains individual differences in spoken language and (b) is plastic in 5-6 year olds with autism spectrum disorder.

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{June 2015}

Mark Wallace receives 2015 Frijda Honorary Chair.-- Dr. Wallace delivered the Annual ABC Frijda Lecture at the Universiteit Van Amsterdam on Development and Plasticity in Multisensory Function: From Animal Models to the Clinic

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{April 2015}

Wallace Lab showcased in report of a recent biennial study where Vanderbilt's economic contribution to Tennessee's economy during 2013-14 was $8.9 Billion.--The analysis, by Austin-based TXP Inc., quantified the total annual economic and tax revenue generated by the university and medical center, including factors such as operations and construction, employment, student and visitor spending, and business spending generated by Vanderbilt-related activities.

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{March 2015}

Dr. Mark T. Wallace named the Louise B. McGavock Endowed Chair at Vanderbilt University.--Congratulations Dr. Wallace!

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{March 2015}

Graduate Student Jean-Paul Noel Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation-- This research fellowship is for 3 years of support based upon Jean-Paul Noel's research on spatial and temporal principles of multisensory integration in regards to peripersonal space.

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{March 2015}

Behavioral test taps multiple senses in mice. --Graduate Student Justin Siemann's Article Showcased on Simons Foundation Website.

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{January 2014}

Sensory Changes in Children with Autism. --Dr. Wallace talks about how sensory cues change in children with autism.

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{Fall/Winter 2008}

NARSAD Research Quarterly.--Dr. Wallace Awarded 2008 Innovative Investigator (page 10)

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{2008}

2008 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Explores Therapeutic Possibilities for Autism and Related Disorders--Articles

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{2008}

Graduate Student Leslie Dowell earns eligiblity into the Neuroscience Scholars Program--This program is a three year fellowship that enhances career development and professional networking opportunities.

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{2008}

Discovery Newsletter--Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (page 5)

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{June 2008}

Dr. Mark T. Wallace appointed Director of Vanderbilt Brain Institute.--Congratulations Dr. Wallace!

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{2008}

Graduate Student Albert Powers earns Student Travel Award for the International Multisensory Research Forum--This award is given to outstanding graduate students attending this conference and affords them the opportunity to present their papers in a highlighted symposium. Their accommodation and travel expenses will be partly covered by the Organizing Committee. Congratulations Albert!

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