2019 Brain Awareness Week

It’s all in your head. Everything you need to imagine, to ponder, to remember, to invent. The Virginia Tech community will be celebrating that notable three-pound contraption – the human brain – during Brain Awareness Week.

The official, international commemoration of Brain Awareness Week takes place from March 11 through March 17. As a part of Brain Awareness Week, the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute will host a school on the only organ to name itself.

How Different Brains Construct Different Views of the World: From Rattlesnakes to Electric Fish to Owls to Kids

Event was held March 11, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology, Virginia Tech
Senior Dean for Research, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Professor of Biological Sciences, College of Science, Virginia Tech
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Insights from Animal Brains that are Shaping Our Future

Event was held March 11, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Audra Van Wart, Ph.D.

Director of Education and Training, and Administrative Assistant Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Assistant VP for Health Sciences Education, Virginia Tech
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

What Frogs have Taught Us About Our Rhythms and Blues

Event was held March 12, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Michael Fox, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Director, Developmental and Translational Neurobiology Center, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, College of Science, Virginia Tech
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Shedding Some Light into Sleep Problems in Modern Times

Event was held March 12, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Edmundo Rubio, M.D.

Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Carilion Clinic

Animal Farm: Influences of Animal Research on Advancing Treatment for Human Brain Injuries

Event was held March 13, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Pamela VandeVord, Ph.D.

Interim Chair of the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech

Ringing the Bell on Getting Your Bell Rung

Event was held March 13, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Melanie Prusakowski, M.D.

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, VTCSOM and Carilion Clinic

The Aging Brain: Targeting Synapses to Prevent Cognitive Decline

Event was held March 14, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Gregorio Valdez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, College of Science, Virginia Tech
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Normal Aging vs. Dementia: What's Happening to Me?

Event was held March 14, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Brian Unwin, M.D.

Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Carilion Clinic