2017 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."

Neurocircuitry of Addiction: An Alcohol Perspective

Event was held January 19, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

George Koob, PhD

Director, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH

Defining New Pathways For Human Arrhythmia

Event was held January 26, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
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Peter J. Mohler, PhD

Director, Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute; Chair, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology; Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Physiology and Cell Biology; William D. and Jacquelyn L. Wells Chair in Cardiovascular Research; Associate Dean, Basic Research Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Unraveling the Multigenerational Syndrome of Diabetic Embryopathy:  From Cell Signaling to Clinical Care

Event was held March 9, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
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E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA

Dean, School of Medicine; Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Vice President, Medical Affairs; Bowers Distinguished Professor; University of Maryland

Early Childhood Education: What Works and What Doesn't

Event was held March 16, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
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Greg J. Duncan, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor
University of California, Irvine

TUESDAY, MAY 9: What It's Like to Be a Dog: Using MRI to See How Dogs Think

Event was held May 9, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Gregory S. Berns, M.D., Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics
Director of the Center for Neuropolicy
Professor of Psychology
Director, MRI Center, Facility for Education & Research in Neuroscience
Emory University

Cytokines and Human Immunodeficiency: From Genes to New Therapeutics

Event was held May 25, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Warren J. Leonard, MD

Distinguished Investigator, Laboratory of Molecular Immunology, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health

A Neural Circuit Approach to Psychiatric Illness

Event was held June 8, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
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Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.

Director
National Institutes of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health

A Path from Genes to Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome and Related Developmental Brain Disorders

Event was held October 19, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
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Mark Bear, Ph.D.

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Picower Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences MIT

Positioning Lifestyle for Enhanced Treatment of Obesity

Event was held November 15, 2017 at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

John M. Jakicic, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Physical Activity
Director, Healthy Lifestyle Institute
Director, Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center
University of Pittsburgh