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Brain School

An annual Brain Awareness Week campaign hosted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

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Is the electricity in my brain the same thing that powers my phone? 

Can the brain be changed without surgery? 

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Is the brain able to change, or am I wired this way for life? 

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On-Demand Brain School Content

Tune into dozens of lectures presented by brain scientists during past Brain Schools.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brain School events planned for March, 2020 were cancelled.


  • Understanding the Cerebral Cortex: The Legacy of Roanoke's Vernon Mountcastle
    Mar. 16, 2015 | Michael Friedlander, Ph.D.
  • Food for Thought: Chefs Celebrate Brain Awareness Week
    Mar. 16, 2015 | Restaurants and Specialty Stores throughout Roanoke
  • At the Crossroads: Art, Science, Research
    Mar. 17, 2015 | Michael Friedlander, Ph.D. and Liz Lerman
  • Development of the Social Brain
    Mar. 18, 2015 | Pearl Chiu, Ph.D.
  • The Developing Brain: Conception to Birth
    Mar. 23, 2015 | Michael Fox, Ph.D.
  • How the Earliest Experiences in Life Affect a Baby's Brain and Behavior
    Mar. 25, 2015 | Craig Ramey, Ph.D.



  • Food for Thought: Chefs Celebrate Brain Awareness Week
    Mar. 11, 2013 | Restaurants and Specialty Stores throughout Roanoke
  • Mythbusters: The Truth About Your Brain
    Mar. 11, 2013 | Audra Van Wart, Ph.D.
  • The Stuff of Brains and How They Process Information
    Mar. 11, 2013 | Michael Fox, Ph.D. and Rosalyn Moran, Ph.D.
  • How Brains Make Sense of the World
    Mar. 12, 2013 | Michael Friedlander, Ph.D. and Jamie Tyler, Ph.D.
  • Brain Power: The Role of Exercise and Diet in Maintaining Healthy Synapses
    Mar. 12, 2013 | Gregorio Valdez, Ph.D.
  • When Brains Do Things We Would Rather They Didn't
    Mar. 13, 2013 |  Warren Bickel, Ph.D. and Pearl Chiu, Ph.D.
  • Willpower and Addiction
    Mar. 13, 2013 |  Warren Bickel, Ph.D.
  • How Brains Grow and Age
    Mar. 14, 2013 | Sharon Ramey, Ph.D., Michael Friedlander, Ph.D., and Gregorio Valdez, Ph.D.
  • Reading Your Mind: How to Decode the Brain Mid-Thought
    Mar. 21, 2013 | Stephen LaConte, Ph.D.