2011 Distinguished Public Lectures

The VTCRI 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 lectures are co-sponsored by Virginia Tech's Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Graduate Program.

“The Virginia Tech Carilion 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."

Risk, resilience, and gene-environment interplay in primates

Event was held March 24, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion 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

New studies of epigenetic developmental processes in primates

Event was held March 25, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion 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

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

Event was held April 7, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion 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.

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

Event was held April 8, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion 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.

Synaptic plasticity; the brain's response to experience

Event was held May 6, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion 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.

Developing pharmacotherapies for cognitive impairment in Down syndrome

Event was held May 19, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion 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.

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

Event was held May 20, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion 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.

You Must Remember This: The Principles of Memory Formation

Event was held September 8, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Ron Davis, PhD

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

The Molecular Biology of Memory Formation

Event was held September 9, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Ron Davis, PhD

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

What Do We Know About Addiction?

Event was held September 29, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Nora Volkow, MD

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

Addiction: Conflict Between Brain Circuits

Event was held September 30, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Nora Volkow, MD

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

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

Event was held October 6, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion 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

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

Event was held October 7, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion 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

How the Mind Makes Morals

Event was held October 13, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Patricia Churchland, BPhil

Emerita Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego

Free Will Matters

Event was held October 14, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Patricia Churchland, BPhil

Emerita Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego

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

Event was held October 20, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion 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

Genetic Architecture in Autoimmunity: Shaping the Response to Stimulation

Event was held October 21, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion 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

How Electron Cryotomography Is Opening a New Window into Bacterial Ultrastructure

Event was held October 27, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Grant Jensen, PhD

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

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

Event was held October 28, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Grant Jensen, PhD

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

Bacterial Toxins: Structural Studies of Molecular Trojan Horses

Event was held November 3, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Melanie Ohi, PhD

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

Taking a Combinatorial Approach to Understanding the Function of Macromolecular Machines

Event was held November 4, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Melanie Ohi, PhD

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

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

Event was held December 1, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Adele Diamond, PhD

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

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

Event was held December 2, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Adele Diamond, PhD

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

Steroid Hormones and Cancer

Event was held December 8, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion 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

Estrogen Receptor Beta: A Tumor Suppressor

Event was held December 9, 2011 at Virginia Tech Carilion 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