2018 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."

Upcoming Events

Can Exercise Teach Us How to Treat Heart Failure?

Event will be held October 4, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Anthony Rosenzweig, M.D.

Chief, Cardiology Division
Massachusetts General Hospital

Co-Director
Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

Paul Dudley White Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

In 12 days

Disability in the 21st Century: What Are We Thinking, Talking, and Doing About It?

Event will be held November 15, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Peter Rosenbaum, M.D., F.R.C.P.

Professor of Pediatrics
Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disability
Co-Founder, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research
McMaster University

In 54 days

Synapses Lost and Found: Developmental Critical Periods and Alzheimer's Disease

Event will be held November 29, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Carla Shatz, Ph.D.

Director, Bio-X
Saap Family Provostial Professor
Professor of Biology and Neurobiology
David Starr Jordan Director, Stanford, Bio-X
Stanford University

In 68 days

Engineering Human Tissues for Medical Impact

Event will be held December 13, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Ph.D.

Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Medical Sciences
Director, Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering
Scientific Director, Columbia University Stem Cell Core
Director, Stem Cell Imaging Core
Columbia University

In 82 days

Previous Events

Prevention of Obesity and Diabetes

Event was held February 8, 2018 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P.

Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health;
Chief, Molecular and Clinical Hematology Branch/NIDDKD
Chief, Molecular Hematology Section, Molecular and Clinical Hematology Branch/NIDDKD

On the Rational Boundedness of Cognitive Control

Event was held March 22, 2018 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Jonathan Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert Bendheim and Lynn Bendheim Thoman Professor in Neuroscience
Professor of Psychology
Co-Director, Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Princeton University

Winning Hearts and Minds for Science

Event was held April 5, 2018 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Mary Woolley, M.A.

President and CEO, Research!America

The Scarcity Context and Mindset: Behavioral and Policy Implications

Event was held May 17, 2018 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Eldar Shafir, Ph.D.

Class of 1987 Professor of Behavioral Science and Public Policy
Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs
Inaugural Director of Princeton’s Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy
Princeton University