2015 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."

Linking Discoveries in Developmental Biology to 3-Dimensional Printing of New Tissues and Micro-Organs

Event was held January 8, 2015 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Roger R. Markwald, PhD

Distinguished University Professor Chair, Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, Director, Cardiovascular Developmental Biology Center, Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, South Carolina

Molecular Architecture of the Circadian Clock in Mammals

Event was held February 12, 2015 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Joseph S. Takahashi, PhD

Loyd B. Sands Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator; Member, National Academy of Sciences; Member, NAS Institute of Medicine; Dallas, Texas

Infectious Causes of Heart Failure: Viral Myocarditis

Event was held March 19, 2015 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Kirk Knowlton, MD

Chief, Division of Cardiology, Edith and William M. Perlman Chair in Clinical Cardiology, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, California

Fruit Flies and the Human Heart: The Evolution and Function of Potassium Channels From the Inside Out

Event was held April 30, 2015 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Gail Robertson, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin

Fear and Fear-Related Disorders: From Pavlov to PTSD

Event was held May 21, 2015 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD

Professor, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Member, Institute of Medicine

Gene Targeting into the 21st Century: Modeling Human Disease from Cancer to Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Event was held November 12, 2015 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Mario Capecchi, PhD

Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2007
Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and of Biology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, Utah

Can We Live to 100? New Evidence from the National Institute on Aging

Event was held December 10, 2015 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
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Marie A. Bernard, MD

Deputy Director
National Institute on Aging
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland