2013 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."

The Power of Singing: Implications for Brain Plasticity and Recovery of Function

Event was held January 10, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Gottfried Schlaug, MD, PhD

Director, Music and Neuroimaging Laboratory, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Denial of Service Attacks: Network Hyperexcitability in Alzheimer’s Dementia [NOTE TIME CHANGE]

Event was held January 17, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Jeffrey Noebels, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology, of Neuroscience, and of Human Genetics; Cullen Trust for Health Care Endowed Chair; and Director of the Blue Bird Circle Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Exciting New Ways to Stimulate the Brain to Treat Depression or Pain

Event was held February 14, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Mark S. George, MD

Distinguished University Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Brain Stimulation Laboratory; and Medical University of South Carolina Director, Brain Imaging Center of Excellence, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

Understanding Biological Systems: Mission Impossible?

Event was held March 28, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Peter Kohl, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair of Cardiac Biophysics and Systems Biology, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London; Visiting Professor, Department for Computer Science, Oxford University, Oxford, England

Visualizing Molecular Machines and Cells

Event was held April 11, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Wah Chiu, PhD

Alvin Romansky Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Director, National Center for Macromolecular Imaging; Director, Center for Protein Folding Machinery; Co-Director, W. M. Keck Center for Computational Biology, Baylor College of Medicine

Changing Fear

Event was held April 18, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Elizabeth Phelps, PhD

Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science; Laboratory Director, Department of Psychology; New York University, New York, New York

Engaging the Public in Biomedical Research

Event was held August 15, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Yvonne Maddox, PhD

Deputy Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland; Member, NAS Institute of Medicine

Family-Wide Impacts of Genetics: The Case of Fragile X

Event was held September 26, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Marsha R. Mailick, PhD

Director and Vaughan Bascom and Elizabeth M. Boggs Professor, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Autism: New Mutations, Genes, and Pathways

Event was held November 14, 2013 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Evan Eichler, PhD

Professor of Genome Sciences and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences