2012 VTCRI Distinguished Public Lectures

The VTCRI Distinguished Public Lecture Series brings nationally renowned experts to Roanoke. The free public lectures are open to members of the general public as well as to Virginia Tech and Carilion faculty, students, and staff. The lectures are co-sponsored by Virginia Tech's Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Graduate Program.

“The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is bringing some of the world’s leading medical researchers and scientific thought leaders to Roanoke as part of our mission to engage the community in the excitement and promise of scientific research,” says Michael Friedlander, PhD, executive director of the institute and host of the seminar series. "We’re absolutely delighted to be able to share the insights of such highly sought after experts in such a range of fascinating topics. We're also very proud to introduce these speakers to the blossoming partnership that Virginia Tech and the Carilion Clinic have forged for bringing the future of medical science for better health to the Roanoke region, the Commonwealth, and the nation."

Neurotransmitter Transporters: Tales of Structure, Function, and Biology

Event was held January 12, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Susan Amara, PhD

Thomas Detre Professor of Neuroscience and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; President of the Society for Neuroscience

A New Take on Uptake: Neurotransmitter Transporters and the Activation of Cellular Signaling Pathways by Amphetamines

Event was held January 13, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Susan Amara, PhD

Thomas Detre Professor of Neuroscience and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; President of the Society for Neuroscience

Evolution of an Adaptive Immune System of Defense

Event was held January 19, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Max D. Cooper, MD

Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Lessons from the Lamprey: Monoclonal Antibodies and Their Biophysical Features

Event was held January 20, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Max D. Cooper, MD

Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

New Approaches to Treating Chronic Pain: Targeting Central Sensitization

Event was held January 26, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Robert Gereau, PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology, Anatomy and Neurobiology; Chief, Basic Science Division, Washington University Pain Center, St. Louis, Missouri

Amygdala Plasticity as a Neural Substrate for Chronic Pain

Event was held January 27, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Robert Gereau, PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology, Anatomy and Neurobiology; Chief, Basic Science Division, Washington University Pain Center, St. Louis, Missouri

What Therapeutic Drugs Do, Where They Go, and What They Are Good For

Event was held February 2, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

John Scott, PhD

Edwin G. Krebs - Hilma Speights Professor of Cell Signaling and Cancer Biology, Department of Pharmacology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington

Cell Signaling in Space and Time

Event was held February 3, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

John Scott, PhD

Edwin G. Krebs - Hilma Speights Professor of Cell Signaling and Cancer Biology, Department of Pharmacology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington

How Does a Frog Egg Solve Geometry Problems?

Event was held February 9, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Timothy J. Mitchison, PhD

Hasib Sabbagh Professor of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

How Does Paclitaxel Work as a Cancer Medicine?

Event was held February 10, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Timothy J. Mitchison, PhD

Hasib Sabbagh Professor of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Behavioral Choice Theory and Obesity

Event was held February 23, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Leonard Epstein, PhD

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Buffalo, New York

Food Reinforcement

Event was held February 24, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Leonard Epstein, PhD

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Buffalo, New York

The Violent Brain: Ethical and Legal Implications

Event was held March 8, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Adrian Raine, DPhil

Richard Perry University Professor in the Departments of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology and Chair of the Department of Criminology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Functional Neuroanatomy of Violence

Event was held March 9, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Adrian Raine, DPhil

Richard Perry University Professor in the Departments of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology and Chair of the Department of Criminology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Functional Architecture of Face Processing in the Primate Brain

Event was held March 15, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Leslie Ungerleider, PhD

Chief of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Mechanisms for Perceptual Decision-Making in the Human Brain

Event was held March 16, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Leslie Ungerleider, PhD

Chief of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Back to the Future: Brain Stimulation in Psychiatry

Event was held March 29, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Sarah Lisanby, MD

Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina

Translational Development of Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Treatments for Depression

Event was held March 30, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Sarah Lisanby, MD

Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina

Your Genome and Your Health

Event was held April 5, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Richard Gibbs, PhD

Wofford Cain Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Director, Human Genome Sequencing Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Genetics and the Cancer Genomics Scorecard

Event was held April 6, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Richard Gibbs, PhD

Wofford Cain Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Director, Human Genome Sequencing Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

Event was held May 10, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Amy Wagers, PhD

Associate Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University; Principal Investigator, Joslin Diabetes Center; Early Career Scientist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston, Massachusetts

Reversing Stem Cell Dysfunction in Aging and Disease

Event was held May 11, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Amy Wagers, PhD

Associate Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University; Principal Investigator, Joslin Diabetes Center; Early Career Scientist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston, Massachusetts

How the Brain Develops the Ability to Integrate Information from Different Senses

Event was held May 24, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Barry Stein, PhD

Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, and Professor of Neurology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Children’s Right to Thrive: The Promise and Barriers to Putting Science into Action

Event was held October 4, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Craig Ramey, PhD and Sharon Ramey, PhD

Distinguished Research Scholars, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; Research Professors of Psychology, Virginia Tech; Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, Virginia

GABA Neurons in Schizophrenia: From Circuits to Cells to Molecular Regulation

Event was held October 25, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Francine Benes, MD, PhD

William P. and Henry B. Test Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director, Program in Structural and Molecular Neuroscience, McLean Hospital Director, Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, McLean Hospital Belmont, Massachusetts

The Brain and the Law

Event was held November 12, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

David Eagleman, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience; Director, Laboratory for Perception and Action; Director, Initiative on Neuroscience and Law, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Personalized Cancer Medicine: Are We There Yet?

Event was held December 6, 2012 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Eileen Dolan, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology; Co-Director, Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics Program of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Chicago, Illinois