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Michael Friedlander, PhD
Understanding the Cerebral Cortex: The Legacy of Roanoke’s Vernon Mountcastle
Professor and Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
Michael Friedlander will launch the Brain School 2015 on March 16 with a presentation on Vernon Mountcastle, the Roanoke native who has been lauded as one of the founders of the field of modern neuroscience. In “Giant of Neuroscience, Son of Roanoke: The Legacy of Vernon Mountcastle,” Friedlander will explain how Mountcastle gave us the first contemporary insights into the functional organization of the cerebral cortex and continued to contribute to the field, up to his death at the age of 96 this past January.
About the Speaker:
Michael Friedlander, PhD, is founding executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, where he provides leadership to more than two dozen premier research teams engaged in developing new strategies for preventing, diagnosing, and treating major health challenges. As associate provost for health sciences at Virginia Tech, Dr. Friedlander recently led the development of the university’s new Faculty of Health Sciences and a university-wide doctoral program in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health. Also at Virginia Tech, Dr. Friedlander is a professor of biological sciences and of biomedical engineering and sciences. In addition, Dr. Friedlander serves as senior dean for research at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, where he is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine.