2019 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."

Upcoming Events

Climate Change: Policy, People, and Place

Event will be held November 7, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Vicki Arroyo, M.P.A., J.D.

Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Professor from Practice, Assistant Dean, Centers and Institutes, Georgetown University Law Center

In 17 days

Social Inequality & Cancer Survival: How Can We Close the Gap?

Event will be held December 5, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Ophira Ginsburg, M.D.

Director, High-Risk Cancer Genetics Program, Perlmutter Cancer Center, NYU Langone Health; Associate Professor, Section for Global Health, Division of Health and Behavior, Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine

In 45 days

What's Next in Digital Health Care?

Event will be held December 12, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

John Halamka, M.D.

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Chairman, New England Healthcare Exchange Network

In 52 days

Previous Events

Socioeconomic Status and Brain Development: From Science to Policy

Event was held January 24, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Martha J. Farah, Ph.D.

Walter H. Annenberg Professor in Natural Sciences
Professor of Psychology
Director of the Center for Neuroscience & Society
University of Pennsylvania

Caloric Restriction and Longevity: From Calorie- to Time-Restricted Feeding

Event was held January 31, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Eric Ravussin, Ph.D.

Boyd Professor
Associate Executive Director for Clinical Sciences
Douglas L. Gordon Chair in Diabetes and Metabolism
Director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Louisiana State University

Achieving Sustainable Development in the United States and throughout the World

Event was held February 21, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Ph.D.

Director of The Earth Institute
Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development
Professor of Health Policy and Management
Columbia University
Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals
Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Remodeling and Makeovers in Renal Cell Carcinoma

Event was held February 28, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

W. Kimryn Rathmell, M.D., Ph.D.

Cornelius A. Craig Professor, Department of Medicine and Biochemistry
Director, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of Academic Research Communities

Event was held March 28, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Georges C. Benjamin, M.D.

Executive Director
American Public Health Association

The Age of Living Machines: How the Convergence of Biology and Engineering Will Build the Next Technology Revolution

Event was held April 18, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Susan Hockfield, Ph.D.

President Emerita
Professor of Neuroscience
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Understanding, Treating, and Preventing Addiction: What Would Animals Do?

Event was held April 25, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Marilyn Carroll, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry
University of Minnesota

The New Genetics of Mind: Navigating a Brave New World

Event was held May 23, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Steven E. Hyman, M.D.

Director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatry Research
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University
Distinguished Service Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Harvard University

Transforming evidence into HIV policies and practice: Lessons from global Implementation Science

Event was held September 19, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
( Watch archived webcast )

Julie Pulerwitz, Sc.D.

Program Director
HIV & AIDS Program
Population Council

The Science of Minority Health and Health Disparities: NIMHD Perspective

Event was held October 17, 2019 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Eliseo Perez-Stable, M.D.

Director, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health