2020 Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lectures

Please note: All events in this series in 2020, and potentially in 2021, will be hosted virtually.

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."

The free public lectures are open to members of the general public as well as to Virginia Tech and Carilion faculty, students, and staff.

Upcoming Events

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Tiny conspiracies: cell to cell communication in bacteria

Event will be held September 3, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Virtual Presentation

Bonnie L. Bassler, Ph.D.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology Chair, Department of Molecular Biology Princeton University/Howard Hughes Medical Institute

In 25 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: 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 Virtual Presentation

Ayanna Howard, Ph.D.

Chair and Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Professor
School of Interactive Computing
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

In 67 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Can we ever really ‘see’ pain? Unravelling pain’s mysteries with neuroimaging

Event will be held November 19, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Virtual Presentation

Irene Tracey, MA (Oxon), D.Phil., FRCA, FMedSci

Warden, Merton College, Oxford; Professor of Anaesthetic Neuroscience, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences; Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Oxford

In 102 days

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Are Health Surveillance and Accountability Consistent with Respect for Privacy?

Event will be held December 3, 2020 at Virtual Presentation

Anita L. Allen, J.D., Ph.D.

Anita L. Allen, J.D., Ph.D. Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law Professor of Philosophy University of Pennsylvania

In 116 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

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

Event was held February 27, 2020 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