Events for 2011

Risk, resilience, and gene-environment interplay in primates

March 24, 2011 , 5 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Stephen J. Suomi, PhD

Chief, Laboratory of Comparative Ethology, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD

Distinguished Public Lectures

New studies of epigenetic developmental processes in primates

March 25, 2011 , noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Stephen J. Suomi, PhD

Chief, Laboratory of Comparative Ethology, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD

Distinguished Public Lectures

Glial derived brain tumors: Unique biology and opportunities for novel treatments

April 7, 2011 , 5 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Harald W. Sontheimer, PhD

Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Director, Civitan International Research Center, Director, Center for Glial Biology in Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.

Distinguished Public Lectures

Ion channels as regulators for cell proliferation and cell migration in the nervous system

April 8, 2011 , noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Harald W. Sontheimer, PhD

Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Director, Civitan International Research Center, Director, Center for Glial Biology in Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.

Distinguished Public Lectures

Synaptic plasticity; the brain's response to experience

May 6, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Robert C. Malenka, PhD, MD

Pritzker Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Co-Director, Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, Calif.

Distinguished Public Lectures

Developing pharmacotherapies for cognitive impairment in Down syndrome

May 19, 2011 , 5 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Craig C. Garner, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Co-Director, Center for Research and Treatment of Down Syndrome, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, Calif.

Distinguished Public Lectures

Molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease and Phelan-McDermid syndrome

May 20, 2011 , noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Craig C. Garner, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Co-Director, Center for Research and Treatment of Down Syndrome, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, Calif.

Distinguished Public Lectures

A retinal balancing act: crossover inhibition and NMDA receptors mediate visual sensitivity in parasol/M ganglion cells of the macaque monkey retina

June 9, 2011 , noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Michael B. Manookin

Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Structural Biology at University of Washington in Seattle, WA

Special Seminars

Multiple Learning Strategies in Prefrontal-basal ganglia and cerebellar networks

June 24, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Alan Fermin

Ph.D. candidate at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology and Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Special Seminars

Cognitive motivations and neural predictors of free-riding and cooperation

July 6, 2011 , 11 a.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Dongil Chung

Ph.D. candidate in Bio and Brain Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology

Special Seminars

Phasic Dopamine Release in Drug Abuse and Depression

July 20, 2011 , 3 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Paul E.M. Phillips

Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

Special Seminars

Cellular and Molecular Analysis of Aging: Disease-Afflicted and Regenerating Neuromuscular Synapses

Aug. 15, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Gregorio Valdez, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Center for Brain Science, Harvard University

Special Seminars

Synaptic Effects of Aging and ALS From Cellular Phenomena to Molecular Analysis

Aug. 16, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Gregorio Valdez, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Center for Brain Science, Harvard University

Special Seminars

The Role of HoxA3 During Hematopoietic Development

Aug. 23, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Michelina Iacovino, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Lillehei Heart Institute, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Special Seminars

The Role of HoxA3 During Cardiac Development

Aug. 24, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Michelina Iacovino, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Pediatrics Lillehei Heart Institute University of Minnesota School of Medicine Minneapolis, Minnesota

Special Seminars

Nitric Oxide/GAPDH/GOSPEL Cascade Regulates Beta Amyloid/Tau; Relevance to Alzheimer’s Disease

Aug. 29, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Nilkantha Sen, PhD

Research Associate, Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Special Seminars

GOSPEL: A Novel Regulator of Tauopathy and CREB Signaling

Aug. 30, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Nilkantha Sen, PhD

Research Associate, Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Special Seminars

An Essential Survival Pathway in Malignant Glioma with Therapeutic Implications

Sept. 6, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Zhi Sheng, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, HHMI Laboratory, Program in Gene Function and Expression, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts

Special Seminars

The Role of Autophagy in Glioblastoma

Sept. 7, 2011 , noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Zhi Sheng, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Howard Hughes Laboratory, Program in Gene Function and Expression, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts

Special Seminars

You Must Remember This: The Principles of Memory Formation

Sept. 8, 2011 , 5:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Ron Davis, PhD

Professor and Chair of the Scripps Research Institute Department of Neuroscience, Jupiter, Florida

Distinguished Public Lectures

The Molecular Biology of Memory Formation

Sept. 9, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Ron Davis, PhD

Professor and Chair of the Scripps Research Institute Department of Neuroscience, Jupiter, Florida

Distinguished Public Lectures

Distinct Roles of NMDA Receptor Subunits in Long-Term Plasticity

Sept. 12, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Kelly Foster, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pennsylvania

Special Seminars

The Roles of NMDA Receptor Subunits and Associated Proteins in Excitotoxic Injury

Sept. 13, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Kelly Foster, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pennsylvania

Special Seminars

Redox Regulation of Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase and Cardiovascular Diseases

Sept. 15, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Chun-An Chen, PhD

Research Scientist, The Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio

Special Seminars

Redox Regulation, Nitric Oxide Signaling, and Diseases

Sept. 16, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Chun-An Chen, PhD

Research Scientist, The Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio

Special Seminars

A New Understanding of Mitochondrial Mutagenesis in Mice

Sept. 20, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Marc Vermulst, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scholar Department of Chemistry University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Special Seminars

Mitochondrial Mutagenesis and Transcriptional Fidelity in Aging and Disease

Sept. 21, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Marc Vermulst, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Special Seminars

Translating Lessons from Skin Wound Healing to Cardiac Anti-Arrhythmia Therapies

Sept. 26, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Rob Gourdie, PhD

Board of Trustees’ Eminent Scholar, Professor of Regenerative Medicine and of Cell Biology, and Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

Special Seminars

What Do We Know About Addiction?

Sept. 29, 2011 , 5:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Nora Volkow, MD

Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, Maryland

Distinguished Public Lectures

Addiction: Conflict Between Brain Circuits

Sept. 30, 2011 , 11 a.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Nora Volkow, MD

Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, Maryland

Distinguished Public Lectures

Uncovering the Mechanisms of Natural Killer Cell–Mediated Resistance to a Viral Disease

Oct. 3, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Min Fang, PhD

Staff Scientist, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Special Seminars

Studying the Role of Natural Killer Cells in Viral and Cancer Immunity

Oct. 4, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Min Fang, PhD

Staff Scientist, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Special Seminars

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

Oct. 6, 2011 , 5 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Matt Wachowiak, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine and The Brain Institute of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Distinguished Public Lectures

Fifth Annual Southwest Virginia Life Science Forum

Oct. 6, 2011 , 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Special Events

Active Sensing and Odor Coding Imaged in the Awake, Behaving Animal

Oct. 7, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Matt Wachowiak, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine and The Brain Institute of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Distinguished Public Lectures

How the Mind Makes Morals

Oct. 13, 2011 , 5:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Patricia Churchland, BPhil

Emerita Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego

Distinguished Public Lectures

Free Will Matters

Oct. 14, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Patricia Churchland, BPhil

Emerita Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego

Distinguished Public Lectures

The Function of the Amyloid Precursor Protein and Its Implications in the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease

Oct. 17, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Yuzhi Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Geriatrics, Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, Reynolds Institute on Aging, The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas

Special Seminars

Dysfunction of Ubiquitination as a Potential Pathogenic Mechanism of Alzheimer’s Disease

Oct. 18, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Yuzhi Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Geriatrics, Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, Reynolds Institute on Aging, The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas

Special Seminars

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

Oct. 20, 2011 , 5:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Robert Kimberly, MD

Howard L. Holley Professor of Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Autoimmunity Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Distinguished Public Lectures

Genetic Architecture in Autoimmunity: Shaping the Response to Stimulation

Oct. 21, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Robert Kimberly, MD

Howard L. Holley Professor of Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Autoimmunity Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Distinguished Public Lectures

CD8 T Cell Exhaustion and Immunobiology of Toxoplasma Gondii Reactivation in the CNS

Oct. 24, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Jason Gigley, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC

Special Seminars

NK Cell Licensing in Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses to Toxoplasma Gondii

Oct. 25, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Jason Gigley, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC

Special Seminars

How Electron Cryotomography Is Opening a New Window into Bacterial Ultrastructure

Oct. 27, 2011 , 5:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Grant Jensen, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

Distinguished Public Lectures

Imaging Intact Cells in 3-D in Near-Native States to Macromolecular Resolution: Case Studies and Future Prospects

Oct. 28, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Grant Jensen, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

Distinguished Public Lectures

Neural Stem Cell-Based Virotherapy for Malignant Glioma

Oct. 31, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Atique Ahmed, PhD

Senior Research Associate, Department of Surgery, Section of Neurosurgery, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Special Seminars

Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of the Tumor Tropic Migratory Properties of Neural Stem Cells

Nov. 1, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Atique Ahmed, PhD

Senior Research Associate, Department of Surgery, Section of Neurosurgery, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Special Seminars

Bacterial Toxins: Structural Studies of Molecular Trojan Horses

Nov. 3, 2011 , 5:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Melanie Ohi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Distinguished Public Lectures

Taking a Combinatorial Approach to Understanding the Function of Macromolecular Machines

Nov. 4, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Melanie Ohi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Distinguished Public Lectures

Angiomotin: A Novel Mediator of Merlin's Tumor Suppressive Functions

Nov. 7, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Joseph Kissil, PhD

Associate Professor, Program in Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis, The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Special Seminars

Elucidating the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Neurofibromatosis

Nov. 8, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Joseph Kissil, PhD

Associate Professor, Program in Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis, The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Special Seminars

Molecular Regulation of Heart Failure (POSTPONED)

Nov. 10, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Peifeng Li, MD, PhD

Research Assistant, Professor College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Special Seminars

Cardiac Apoptosis, Regeneration, and Hypertrophy (POSTPONED)

Nov. 11, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Peifeng Li, MD, PhD

Research Assistant, Professor College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Special Seminars

University Open House

Nov. 12, 2011 , 10 a.m. at Corporate Research Center

Special Events

Fishing for Cancer Drivers: Deciphering Aneuploidy in Human Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors Using Zebrafish as a Cancer Model

Nov. 17, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

GuangJun Zhang, PhD

GuangJun Zhang, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Special Seminars

Zebrafish–Human Comparative Oncogenomics: A Solution for the Century-Long Aneuploid Enigma in Human Tumors

Nov. 18, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

GuangJun Zhang, PhD

GuangJun Zhang, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Special Seminars

Functional Analysis of the Neural Circuitry of Emotions

Nov. 21, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Alexei Morozov, PhD

Chief, Unit on Behavioral Genetics, NIMH, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Special Seminars

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

Dec. 1, 2011 , 5:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Adele Diamond, PhD

Canada Research Chair Professor in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Distinguished Public Lectures

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

Dec. 2, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Adele Diamond, PhD

Canada Research Chair Professor in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Distinguished Public Lectures

Steroid Hormones and Cancer

Dec. 8, 2011 , 4 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Jan-Åke Gustafsson, MD, PhD

Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and Director of the Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling, University of Houston

Distinguished Public Lectures

Estrogen Receptor Beta: A Tumor Suppressor

Dec. 9, 2011 , 1 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Jan-Åke Gustafsson, MD, PhD

Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and Director of the Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling, University of Houston

Distinguished Public Lectures

Functional Domains of Neuron-to-Astrocyte Gq GPCR Communication

Dec. 15, 2011 , noon at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Min-Yu Sun

Graduate Student, Program in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, University of California, Riverside

Special Seminars

Neurofunctional Alterations During Complex Decision-Making and Simple Emotional Judgments in Chronic Marijuana Users

Dec. 15, 2011 , 3 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Michael Wesley, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Special Seminars