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March 17, 2023

Virginia Tech leaders explore issues of trust in science during high profile Research!America panel discussion

Creating ways to prevent or fight disease — such as developing a vaccine during a pandemic — takes scientific know-how, experimentation, and the ability to adapt to new information. But a road map is not included. Expect detours that can shake people's confidence, according to research, academic, and industry leaders in a discussion this week organized by Research!America at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, D.C.  Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, and Heywood Fralin, a Roanoke area healthcare executive and research institute benefactor, were on the panel, and each accepted the Research!America Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who have increased the level of advocacy for medical and health research.


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