Upcoming Brain School

2020 Brain School: Assembling Baby's Brain

Experts with the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute will share extraordinary facts about the unimaginably complex human brain during the research institute’s eighth annual Brain School, “Assembling Baby’s Brain.” The series of community lectures and hands-on activities are free and open to the public from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting on Monday, March 16, through Thursday, March 19, at 2 Riverside Circle in Roanoke.

Register for Brain School

Brain School is held every March as part of Brain Awareness Week, which unites the efforts of organizations worldwide in a weeklong celebration of the brain. It is spearheaded internationally by the Dana Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research, and locally by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.

Each evening of Brain School begins with refreshments and exhibits in the first-floor atrium from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by an hour-long lecture presented by a leading scientist. Space is limited and advance online registration is encouraged. Free parking is plentiful onsite at 2 Riverside Circle and the Carilion Clinic parking garage at 4 Riverside Circle.

Brain School is free and open to the public, but advance online registration is encouraged as space is limited.

(Brain School) Healthy Moms, Healthy Infants: Maternal Influences of Brain Development

Event will be held March 16, 2020, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Brittany Howell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science, Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

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(Brain School) Maximizing Abilities After Damage to the Developing Brain

Event will be held March 17, 2020, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Stephanie DeLuca, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Associate Professor, The School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech
Director, Neuromotor Research Clinic
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

In 21 days

(Brain School) Baby’s Real First Steps: How the Genome Builds a Brain

Event will be held March 18, 2020, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, Ph.D.

Professor, Genetics of Brain Development, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
Laboratory Head, Laboratory of Developmental Disorders and Genetics, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

In 22 days

(Brain School) Childhood Epilepsy: Understanding Why Seizures Happen

Event will be held March 19, 2020, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Sharon Swanger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

In 23 days