2014 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."

  • Innovations in Stroke Neurorehabilitation

    Steven L. Wolf, PhD

    Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine; Professor of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine; Professor, Department of Cell Biology; Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Genes, Mutations, and Heart Valve Disease (CANCELLED)

    Roger R. Markwald, PhD

    Distinguished University Professor; Chair, Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology; Director, Cardiovascular Developmental Biology Center; Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

  • What Is the BRAIN Initiative and What Will It Teach Us About Ourselves?

    Joshua Sanes, PhD

    Paul J. Finnegan Family Director, Harvard Center for Brain Science, Jeff C. Tarr Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences; Member, NAS Institute of Medicine

  • Mapping Depression Circuits: Foundation for New Treatment Strategies Using Deep Brain Stimulation [Brain School seminar]

    Helen Mayberg, MD

    Professor, Psychiatry, Neurology, and Radiology; Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair of Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics; Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia; Member, NAS Institute of Medicine

  • Charting Our Future Together: Envisioning a Diverse, Adaptive, and Networked Biomedical Science Ecosystem

    Gary Gibbons, MD

    Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland; Member, Institute of Medicine, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

  • How Viruses Infect the Brain

    Terence S. Dermody, MD

    Dorothy Overall Wells Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology; Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Lamb Center for Pediatric Research, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

  • What Makes the Human Brain Human

    Terrence J. Sejnowski, PhD

    Francis Crick Chair, Professor, and Head of Computational Neurobiology; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator; The Salk Institute; La Jolla, California; Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences; Member, NAS Institute of Medicine

  • Cancer and Aging

    Ronald A. DePinho, MD

    President, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences; Member, NAS Institute of Medicine

  • Dopamine Neuron Regulation and its Disruption in Schizophrenia and Depression

    Anthony Grace, PhD

    Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry-Psychology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Modern Treatment of Alcoholism

    Charles P. O'Brien, MD, PhD

    Kenneth E. Appel Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

  • Influenza Epidemics and Pandemics

    Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD

    Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Professor of Microbiology, and Director of the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Hospital, New York, New York

  • Epigenetics and the Immune System

    Jeremy Boss, PhD

    Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia