Upcoming Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lectures

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Maury Strauss 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 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, Ph.D., 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."

Pediatric Robotics – a journey from the lab to a child’s home

Event will be held October 15, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Ayanna Howard, Ph.D.

Chair, School of Interactive Computing, College of Computing
Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Chair Professor School of Interactive Computing/ School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

In 105 days

Tiny conspiracies: cell to cell communication in bacteria

Event will be held November 3, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Bonnie Bassler, Ph.D.

Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and Chair, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University

In 124 days

Can we ever really ‘see’ pain? Unravelling pain’s mysteries with neuroimaging

Event will be held November 19, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Irene Tracey, MA (Oxon), D.Phil., FRCA, FMedSci

Warden, Merton College, Oxford; Professor of Anaesthetic Neuroscience, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences; Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Oxford

In 140 days

Genes Regulating Sleep and Circadian Rhythms

Event will be held March 25, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Michael Young, Ph.D.

Recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; Richard and Jeanne Fisher Professor; Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Rockefeller University

In 266 days

How Vaccines Train the Immune System in Ways No One Expected

Event will be held April 15, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Christine Stabell Benn, M.D., Ph.D., D.M.Sc.

Professor, Global Health, University of Southern Denmark; Steering Board Member, The Bandim Health Project, Guinea-Bissau

In 287 days