Videos for 2011

Steroid Hormones and Cancer

Dec. 9, 2011

Dr. Jan-Åke Gustafsson will describe how steroid hormones such as estrogens (female sex hormones) and androgens (male sex hormones) are involved in cancer causation.

Executive Functions and the Prefrontal Cortex: Genetic and Neurochemical Influences, Gender Differences, and Practical Activities and Approaches to Help

Dec. 2, 2011

Disturbances in cognitive-control functions that depend on the prefrontal cortex—the “executive functions,” such as attentional control, self-regulation, working memory, and cognitive flexibility—are found in a great many mental disorders, such ...

Why Tools of the Mind and a Educational Approaches Can Help Executive Function Skills

Dec. 1, 2011

For more than 30 years, Adele Diamond has been studying the region of the brain devoted to the most complex human abilities. Collectively referred to as \u201cexecutive functions,\u201d these include ...

Bacterial Toxins: Structural Studies of Molecular Trojan Horses

Nov. 7, 2011

Pore-forming toxins are some of nature's most potent biological poisons. Melanie Ohi, PhD, will explore how structural studies of bacterially secreted toxins offer a powerful approach to generating mechanistic models ...

How Electron Cryotomography Is Opening a New Window into Bacterial Ultrastructure

Oct. 27, 2011

For decades microbiologists thought bacteria were little more than “bags” of enzymes, without cytoskeletons or internal organization. By allowing intact cells to be imaged in 3-D in a near-native state ...

Parallel Universes: G's and A's in Autoimmunity

Oct. 21, 2011

Autoimmune diseases, which are often chronic, debilitating, and life-threatening, affect millions of people in the United States alone. Robert Kimberly, MD, will explain the role that two types of autoimmune ...

Genetic Architecture in Autoimmunity: Shaping the Response to Stimulation

Oct. 21, 2011

This seminar will review the current insights into the heritable genetic variation in human immune system molecules that influence our risk for developing autoimmune disease. Antibody formation as part of ...

Free Will Matters

Oct. 15, 2011

Free will is a topic of immense practical importance, not only in the context of the law but also in the social development of children. A recent fashion among some ...

How The Mind Makes Morals

Oct. 14, 2011

An honored tradition in moral philosophy depicts human moral behavior as unrelated to social behavior in nonhuman animals and as relying on a uniquely human capacity to reason. Recent developments ...

Seeing What the Nose Tells the Brain: Imaging the Sense of Smell

Oct. 7, 2011

How does the brain identify smells? Understanding the olfactory sense is difficult because animals must detect and identify a huge number of smells and because the olfactory environment varies tremendously ...

You Must Remember This: The Principles of Memory Formation

Oct. 6, 2011

One of the nation’s leading experts on the molecular biology of learning and memory, Ron Davis, PhD, will deliver a public lecture on how the brain forms, stores, and retrieves ...

What Do We Know About Addiction?

Oct. 6, 2011

Advances in science have generated compelling evidence that addiction is a complex disease of the brain that generally begins in childhood or adolescence; is influenced by a host of biological, ...

VTCRI MRI Installation

May 18, 2011

A magnetic resonance imaging machine (MRI) was delivered to the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute on Nov. 17 and is particularly noteworthy for the institute. For one thing, it weighs ...

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