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."

  • Mario Capecchi, PhD

    Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2007

    Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and of Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Gene Targeting into the 21st Century – Modeling Human Disease from Cancer to Neuropsychiatric Disorders

  • Marie A. Bernard, MD

    Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

    Can We Live to 100? New Evidence from the National Institute on Aging

  • Sharon Terry

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Genetic Alliance, Washington, DC

    Co-Founder, Genetic Alliance Registry and Biobank

    What Happens if People Power Research?

  • Darrell G. Kirch, MD

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Washington, DC

    Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

    [Title Forthcoming]

  • James Olds, PhD

    Assistant Director for the Directorate of Biological Sciences, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia

    Understanding the Rules of Life

  • Thomas Insel, MD

    Director, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

    Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

    What Every Mind Should Know about the Brain

  • Michael R. Rosen, MD

    Gustavus A. Pfeiffer Professor of Pharmacology and Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University, New York, New York

    Adjunct Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York

    Biological Pacing—Still Coming: But How? When? Where?

  • Mary E. Hatten, PhD

    Frederick P. Rose Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology, Rockefeller University, New York, New York

    Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

    Mechanisms of Cerebellar Development: Migration, Circuit Formation, and Synaptic Plasticity

  • Sriram Subramaniam, PhD

    Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Cell Biology, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

    Visualizing Biology in 3D: Why Does It Matter?

  • Kathleen Brady, MD, PhD

    Distinguished University Professor; Associate Provost, Clinical and Translational Research; and Director, South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

    Stress and Addictions