Upcoming events

  • Medical Research Camp at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute

    This premier camp experience, a partnership between Virginia Tech Carilion and the Science Museum of Western Virginia, takes place at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. ...

  • Dopamine Neuron Regulation and its Disruption in Schizophrenia and Depression

    Speaker: Anthony Grace, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry-Psychology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

    The dopamine system has been implicated in a number of psychiatric disorders ranging from schizophrenia to depression; however, the nature of the disruptions leading to such diverse conditions is unknown. ...

  • The Molecular Tool-kit of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers

    Speaker: Erica Ollmann Saphire, PhD, Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbial Science, The Scripps Institute

    Viruses must achieve a number of functions in their lifecycles, often using compact genomes. Dr. Ollmann Saphire's laboratory has discovered that Ebola virus extends the functional complexity of its seven-gene ...

  • Clinical Genomics = Personal Genomes + Clan Genomics

    Speaker: Jim Lupski, MD, PhD, Cullen Endowed Chair in Molecular Genetics, Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

    Following the “finished” euchromatic, haploid human reference genome sequence, clinical implementation of genome-wide assays for genomic disorder associated copy number variants (CNVs) has demonstrated the tremendous utility of capturing rare, ...

  • Hypothesis-Generating Research and Predictive Medicine

    Speaker: Les Biesecker, MD, Senior Investigator, Genetic Disease Research Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health

    While the hypothesis testing (research) and differential diagnostic (clinical) paradigms are effective and should continue, the availability of large scale medical sequencing begs the question as to whether these need ...

  • A View of Cortex from the Thalamus

    Speaker: S. Murray Sherman, PhD, Professor and Chairman of Neurobiology, University of Chicago

    Dr. Sherman's talk will provide evidence that cortical areas are often connected in parallel by direct and transthalamic pathways. There will then follow speculation regarding why this parallel arrangement exists, ...

  • Epigenetics and the Immune System

    Speaker: Jeremy Boss, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine

    Epigenetics refers to the processes by which cells inherit information that dictate their ultimate properties and functions. Dr. Boss's seminar will focus on how these processes control the ability of ...

  • Imaging Mammalian Heart and Vessel Development: Insights into Vascular Remodeling and Congenital Heart Disease

    Speaker: Mary Dickinson, PhD, Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine

    Dr. Dickinson's seminar will describe insights derived from the use of optical imaging and microscopy to study the early function of the mouse heart, mechanical forces needed to promote outward ...

  • Genes, Mutations, and Heart Valve Disease

    Speaker: Roger R. Markwald, PhD, Distinguished University Professor Chair, Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, Director, Cardiovascular Developmental Biology Center, Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, South Carolina

    Screening the DNA of large multigenerational families has pinpointed two genes--filamin-A (FLNA) and daschsous 1 (DCHS1)--that, when mutated, result in mitral valve prolapse, a common cardiac degenerative disease that often ...

  • Molecular Architecture of the Circadian Clock in Mammals

    Speaker: Joseph S. Takahashi, PhD, Lloyd B. Sands Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Texas Southwestern

    The circadian clock mechanism in animals involves an autoregulatory transcriptional feedback loop in which CLOCK and BMAL1 activate the transcription of the Period and Cryptochrome genes. The PERIOD and CRYPTOCHROME ...

  • Determinants of Drug Preference in Humans

    Speaker: Harriet de Wit, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Behaviorial Neuroscience, and Biological Science, University of Chicago

    Dr. de Wit will talk about her research on the behavioral effects of drugs of abuse in healthy young adults. Her studies address several questions, including i) why individuals vary ...

  • Dysregulation of Ion Channels in Various Disease Processes

    Speaker: Geoffrey Pitt, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Neurobiology, Pharmacology, and Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center

    Dr. Pitt's lab has focused on molecular regulation of ion channels in various cell types and how dysregulation results in disorders such as cardiac arrhythmias, neuropsychiatric diseases, and birth defects. ...