Distinguished Public Lecture Series

The 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 Fralin Biomedical 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."

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Leading addiction scientist, pioneer in relapse prevention to deliver Maury Strauss Lecture at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

April 18, 2019

Nationwide, roughly one in five adult Americans has a chronic addictive disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For answers, Marilyn Carroll, a professor of psychiatry and ...

Former president of MIT to discuss ‘next technology revolution’ at community lecture in Roanoke

April 12, 2019

Traditionally, biologists studied living organisms while engineers studied machinery, technology, and structures. Today, more than ever before, these fields blend together. To Susan Hockfield, a neuroscience professor and president emerita ...

National public health official to stress disaster preparedness for research communities at Maury Strauss public lecture in Roanoke

March 25, 2019

Hurricanes, floods, forest fires, cyberattacks — countless disaster scenarios can disrupt business operations and threaten an organization’s financial stability. Biomedical research communities are not immune to these threats, said Georges ...

Economist, UN advisor Jeffrey Sachs to discuss world’s ‘most important agenda’

Feb. 17, 2019

Wealth should lead to well-being, according to Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned economist and special advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General. Sachs will speak at a free public presentation at the ...

Fasting, calorie control research on menu this week at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Strauss lecture

Jan. 27, 2019

The latest research on caloric control and time-restricted eating will be discussed at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, as Eric Ravussin, ...

Renowned child development scientist to discuss neuroscience of socioeconomic status on Thursday

Jan. 20, 2019

Renowned child development scientist to discuss neuroscience of socioeconomic status at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Renowned neurobiologist to speak at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute on Thursday

Nov. 26, 2018

Carla J. Shatz, the 2016 Kavli Prize laureate in neuroscience who discovered how a set of molecules in the immune system might be the key to protecting against memory loss ...

International expert on developmental disabilities to speak at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute on Thursday

Nov. 14, 2018

Peter Rosenbaum, a developmental pediatrician with 45 years of experience as a clinician and researcher in the evolving field of childhood disability, will tell a story that is both personal ...

Area businessman, benefactor Maury Strauss gives $1 million to VTCRI lecture series

Oct. 3, 2018

Maury Strauss, a Roanoke businessman and a longtime community benefactor, has made a $1 million gift to the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI), announced Michael J. Friedlander, executive director ...

Renowned cardiology expert to open newly named VTCRI Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture Series

Oct. 2, 2018

Exercise helps keep the heart healthy, but could it help teach us how to treat cardiac disease? That’s the question leading cardiologist Anthony Rosenzweig will address as he opens the ...

National expert on the behavioral science of scarcity to speak at VTCRI

May 14, 2018

Eldar Shafir, a national expert on the psychology of poverty, will conclude the 2017-2018 VTCRI Distinguished Public Lecture Series on Thursday, May 17.

President of nation’s largest health and science public education and advocacy organization to speak at VTCRI on April 5

March 30, 2018

Mary Woolley, the president and chief executive officer of Research!America, will speak at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5. Her presentation, “Winning Hearts ...

National expert on cognitive control to deliver VTCRI Distinguished Public Lecture March 22

March 14, 2018

Jonathan Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., the co-director of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University, will discuss the limitations of human focus during his presentation, “On the Rational Boundedness of Cognitive ...

Nation’s leader on diabetes and obesity prevention to speak at VTCRI

Feb. 2, 2018

Griffin P. RodgersRodgers will discuss research-based approaches to prevent diabetes and obesity, which are known as lifestyle diseases because they are caused or aggravated by poor health behavior, as part ...

Weight management and physical activity expert to speak at VTCRI’s new Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors on Wednesday

Nov. 10, 2017

John M. Jakicic, a nationally recognized expert in physical activity and weight management, will present a public lecture at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, ...

Leading brain development, disabilities expert to open VTCRI Distinguished Public Lecture Series

Oct. 13, 2017

A renowned neuroscientist who focuses on how new experiences trigger the brain to modify its own form and function — known as brain plasticity — will talk about fragile X ...

National Institute of Mental Health director to discuss new approach to psychiatric illnesses

June 2, 2017

Joshua A. Gordon, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will talk about efforts to understand and use neural circuits — networks of interconnected neurons that work together ...

Heart rhythm research expert spoke Thursday at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Jan. 24, 2017

Peter J. Mohler, director of the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, will discuss newly discovered biological pathways underlying heart ...

Video in this Category

The Age of Living Machines: How the Convergence of Biology and Engineering Will Build the Next Technology Revolution

April 18, 2019 5:30 p.m.

Susan Hockfield, Ph.D. President Emerita Professor of Neuroscience Massachusetts Institute of Technology

By Bradley Anglin

Remodeling and Makeovers in Renal Cell Carcinoma

Feb. 27, 2019 3:36 p.m.

W. Kimryn Rathmell, M.D., Ph.D. Cornelius A. Craig Professor, Department of Medicine and Biochemistry Director, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Vanderbilt University Medical Center

By Bradley Anglin

International economist at Fralin Biomedical

Feb. 22, 2019 3:14 p.m.

Wealth should lead to well-being, according to Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned economist and special advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General. Sachs spoke at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC ...

By Clayton Metz

Achieving Sustainable Development in the United States and throughout the World

Feb. 20, 2019 9:49 a.m.

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Ph.D. Director of The Earth Institute Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development Professor of Health Policy and Management Columbia University Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on ...

By Bradley Anglin

Caloric Restriction and Longevity: From Calorie- to Time-Restricted Feeding

Jan. 31, 2019 5:08 p.m.

Eric Ravussin, Ph.D. Boyd Professor Associate Executive Director for Clinical Sciences Douglas L. Gordon Chair in Diabetes and Metabolism Director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center Pennington Biomedical Research Center ...

By Bradley Anglin

Socioeconomic Status and Brain Development: From Science to Policy

Jan. 22, 2019 12:43 p.m.

Martha J. Farah, Ph.D. Walter H. Annenberg Professor in Natural Sciences Professor of Psychology Director of the Center for Neuroscience & Society University of Pennsylvania

By Bradley Anglin

Engineering Human Tissues for Medical Impact

Dec. 13, 2018 9:40 a.m.

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 ...

By Bradley Anglin

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

Nov. 15, 2018 5 p.m.

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

By Bradley Anglin

The Scarcity Context and Mindset: Behavioral and Policy Implications

May 17, 2018 3:51 p.m.

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 ...

By Bradley Anglin

Winning Hearts and Minds for Science

April 5, 2018 5 p.m.

Mary Woolley, M.A. President and CEO, Research!America

By Bradley Anglin

On the Rational Boundedness of Cognitive Control

March 22, 2018 3:28 p.m.

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

By Bradley Anglin

Prevention of Obesity and Diabetes

Feb. 8, 2018 9:46 a.m.

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 ...

By Bradley Anglin

A Path from Genes to Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome and Related Developmental Brain Disorders

Oct. 19, 2017 3:47 p.m.

Mark Bear, Ph.D. Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Picower Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences MIT

By Gerry Martin

A Neural Circuit Approach to Psychiatric Illness

June 6, 2017 10:41 a.m.

Technological innovations for observing and modulating activity within specific neural circuits in the brain continue to advance at a rapid pace. Careful planning is required to adapt these innovations to ...

The Power of Integration in the Biomedical Sciences and Beyond: Using All Spheres of Knowledge to Solve Our Most Challenging Problems

May 17, 2017 2:07 p.m.

The Power of Integration in the Biomedical Sciences and Beyond: Using All Spheres of Knowledge to Solve Our Most Challenging Problems. David J. Skorton, MD Secretary, Smithsonian Institution

Unraveling the Multi-generational Syndrome of Diabetic Embryopathy: From Cell Signaling to Clinical Care

March 9, 2017 11:16 a.m.

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA Dean, School of Medicine; Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Vice President, Medical Affairs; Bowers Distinguished Professor; University of Maryland

Defining New Pathways For Human Arrhythmia

Jan. 26, 2017 8:49 a.m.

Peter J. Mohler, PhD Director, Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute; Chair, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology; Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Physiology and Cell Biology; ...