2017 - 2018 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.

Interactions Between Natural and Drug Reward Influence Vulnerability for Addiction

Event was held September 15, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Lique Coolen, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics
Department of Neurobiology & Anatomical Sciences
Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Studies
School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, Mississippi

Massively Parallel All-Optical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Event was held October 27, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Emilia Entcheva, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
George Washington University
Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Frontostriatal Interactions in Learning and Decision Making

Event was held November 3, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Michael Frank, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences
Director, Initiative for Computation in Brain and Mind
Brown Institute for Brain Science

Under- or Over-Connected? Cortical Circuit Development and Function in DiGeorge/22q11 Deletion Syndrome

Event was held December 1, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Anthony LaMantia

Jeffrey A. Lieberman Professor of Neuroscience
Director, GW Institute for Neuroscience
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

The Development and Function of IL-9-Secreting T Cells

Event was held December 8, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Mark H. Kaplan, Ph.D.

Billie Lou Wood Professor of Pediatrics Associate Director of the HB Wells Center for Pediatric Research
Director of Pediatric Pulmonary Basic Research
Indiana University School of Medicine

New Insights Into Restoring Mitochondrial Energy Production

Event was held December 15, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

David Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Physiology and Biophysics, and Biomedical Engineering
Virginia Tech Faculty of Health Sciences
Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery

The Neuroscience Of Stress-Reward Interactions: Preclinical Approaches Toward Therapeutic Targets In Addiction

Event was held January 19, 2018 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Danny Winder, Ph.D.

Professor, Departments of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Pharmacology, and Psychiatry
Director, Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Sounds In Silence: How Glial Cells In The Ear Shape Development Of The Auditory System

Event was held January 26, 2018 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Dwight E. Bergles, Ph.D

Professor of Neuroscience
Associate Director, Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute
The Soloman H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The Development of the Modern Cochlear Implant and the First Substantial Restoration of Human Sense Using a Medical Intervention

Event was held March 16, 2018 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
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Blake Wilson, Ph.D., D.Sc., D.Eng., Dr.med.hc (multi)

Co-Director, Duke Hearing Center, Duke University Medical Center
Adjunct Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Duke University Medical CenterScholar in Residence, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

What Are All These Wires For? Organizing Principles of Neocortical Circuits and Their Function

Event was held May 11, 2018 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
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Kevan A.C. Martin, Ph.D.

Professor and Director
Institute for NeuroInformatics, University of Zurich and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Zurich
Switzerland