2020 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

The Cognition Crisis: Perils and Promise of Technology and the Brain

Event will be held February 27, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D.

The David Dolby Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry
University of California San Francisco

Founder and Executive Director, Neuroscape

In 2 days

Engineering Reproduction: From Bench to Bedside to Babies

Event will be held March 12, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D.

Thomas J. Watkins Professor & Vice Chair of Research
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Northwestern University

Chief, Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine
Northwestern University

Professor, Molecular Biosciences and Biomedical Engineering
Northwestern University

In 16 days

How Vaccines Train the Immune System in Ways No One Expected

Event will be held April 16, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Christine Stabell Benn, M.D., Ph.D., D.M.Sc.

Professor, Global Health, University of Southern Denmark; Steering Board Member, The Bandim Health Project, Guinea-Bissau

In 51 days

Genes Regulating Sleep and Circadian Rhythms

Event will be held April 30, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Michael Young, Ph.D.

Recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; Richard and Jeanne Fisher Professor; Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Rockefeller University

In 65 days

Pediatric Robotics – a journey from the lab to a child’s home

Event will be held October 15, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Ayanna Howard, Ph.D.

Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Professor and Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing, Georgia Tech. Leader in human augmentation, developer of assistive robots in the home to therapy gaming apps to remote robotic exploration of extreme environments (Forbes top 50 U.S. women in tech)

In 233 days

Tiny conspiracies: cell to cell communication in bacteria

Event will be held October 29, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Bonnie Bassler, Ph.D.

Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and Chair, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University

In 247 days

Previous Events

Catalyzing Translational Innovation

Event was held January 23, 2020 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Christopher Austin, M.D.

Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health