2015-2016 VTCRI Distinguished Public Lecture Series

The VTCRI Distinguished Public Lecture Series brings nationally renowned experts to Roanoke including leaders of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Genetic Alliance, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Among this year’s speakers are the Nobel Prize Laureate who discovered gene knockout technology, the founder of the country’s policies on the protection of individual genetic health information, leaders of the nation’s federal research efforts on aging and mental health, as well as experts on addiction, stem cell therapies, and childhood cancers. 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 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."