2015 - 2016 VTCRI Pioneers in Biomedical Research Program

The VTCRI Pioneers in Biomedical Research Program offers the expertise of a range of scientists who are exploring frontiers in biomedical research. Held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Room R3012 of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, these seminars are open to Virginia Tech faculty, students, and staff; Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine faculty, students, and staff; and Carilion Clinic faculty, staff, and trainees.

Central Nervous System Immune Privilege Revisited

Event was held September 25, 2015 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, MSc

Professor, Department of Neuroscience; Director, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia; Director, Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Neuroimmunology, University of Virginia School of Medicine

White Matter Injury and Recovery in the Developing Brain

Event was held October 23, 2015 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Vittorio Gallo, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics, Pharmacology and Physiology, George Washington University School of Medicine; Director, Center for Neuroscience Research; Wolf-Pack Chair in Neuroscience, Children's National Medical Center

Did Free Radicals Kill Lou Gehrig? Insights into the Complex Role of Peroxynitrite in Disease

Event was held October 30, 2015 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Joseph S. Beckman, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics; Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson Professor of the Linus Pauling Institute

Building and Using In-Vivo Microscopes to Understand Brain Function and Physiology

Event was held December 4, 2015 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Elizabeth M. C. Hillman, PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Columbia University
New York, New York

Exploiting Viruses to Understand and Treat Cancer

Event was held December 11, 2015 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Clodagh O’Shea, PhD

Associate Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory; William Scandling Developmental Chair, The Salk Institute

The Dynamic Complexity of Cancer Stem Cells

Event was held January 15, 2016 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Jeremy N. Rich, MD, MHSc

Chair, Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic; Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

[CANCELLED] Role of Sodium Channel SCN1A and SCN1B in Dravet Syndrome and SUDEP

Event was held February 19, 2016 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Lori L. Isom, PhD

Interim Chair and Professor of Pharmacology; Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology; Professor of Neurology, University of Michigan Medical School

Integrating Actin and Adhesion Dynamics in Cell Migration

Event was held March 11, 2016 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Clare M. Waterman, PhD

NIH Distinguished Investigator, Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Morphodynamics, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health

Repair and Regeneration of the Injured Spinal Cord: From Molecule to Man

Event was held April 29, 2016 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS, FRCSC

Krembil Chair in Neural Repair and Regeneration, University of Toronto; Senior Scientist, Toronto Western Research Institute

CANCELED: Fattening Up Our Immunological Memory

Event was held May 27, 2016 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Susan M. Kaech, PhD

Associate Professor of Immunobiology, HHMI Early Career Scientist, Yale University School of Medicine