2014 VTCRI Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lectures

The VTCRI Maury Strauss 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, Ph.D., 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

Event was held January 9, 2014 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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)

Event was held January 16, 2014 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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?

Event was held February 20, 2014 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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]

Event was held March 6, 2014 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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

Event was held April 3, 2014 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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

Event was held April 10, 2014 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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

Event was held May 1, 2014 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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

Event was held May 22, 2014 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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

Event was held September 11, 2014 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Anthony Grace, PhD

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

Modern Treatment of Alcoholism

Event was held October 2, 2014 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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

Event was held November 20, 2014 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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

Event was held December 4, 2014 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Jeremy Boss, PhD

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