2019 VTCRI Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lectures

The VTCRI 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 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."

Socioeconomic Status and Brain Development: From Science to Policy

Event will be held January 24, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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

In 96 days

Effects of Caloric Restriction on Aging and Longevity

Event will be held January 31, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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

In 103 days

Tentative title: The Age of Sustainable Development

Event will be held February 21, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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

In 124 days

Molecular Studies in Renal Cell Carcinoma

Event will be held February 28, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech Carilion 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

In 131 days

Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of Academic Research Communities

Event will be held March 28, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Georges C. Benjamin, M.D.

Executive Director
American Public Health Association

In 159 days

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

Event will be held April 18, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Susan Hockfield, Ph.D.

President Emerita
Professor of Neuroscience
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In 180 days

Understanding, treating, and preventing addiction: what would animals do?

Event will be held April 25, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Marilyn Carroll, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry
University of Minnesota

In 187 days

Tentative Title: Revitalizing Translational Psychiatry

Event will be held May 23, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech Carilion 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

In 215 days