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Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lectures

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture Series brings nationally renowned experts to the Roanoke community. The free public lectures are open to members of the general public as well as to Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic faculty, students, and staff. Due to the pandemic, these lectures will be offered virtually for the foreseeable future.

2020-2021 Lecture Series

Archived Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lectures

2017 - 2018 Academic Year

2016 - 2017 Academic Year

2015 - 2016 Academic Year

2014 - 2015 Academic Year

  • Dopamine Neuron Regulation and its Disruption in Schizophrenia and Depression
    Sept. 11, 2014  |  Anthony Grace, Ph.D.
  • Modern Treatment of Alcoholism
    Oct. 2, 2014  |  Charles P. O'Brien, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Influenza Epidemics and Pandemics
    Nov. 20, 2014  |  Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, Ph.D.
  • Epigenetics and the Immune System
    Dec. 4, 2014  |  Jeremy Boss, Ph.D.
  • Linking Discoveries in Developmental Biology to 3-Dimensional Printing of New Tissues and Micro-Organs
    Jan. 8, 2015  |   Roger R. Markwald, Ph.D.
  • Molecular Architecture of the Circadian Clock in Mammals
    Feb. 12, 2015  |  Joseph S. Takahashi, Ph.D.
  • Infectious Causes of Heart Failure: Viral Myocarditis
    Mar. 19, 2015  |  Kirk Knowlton, M.D.
  • Fruit Flies and the Human Heart: The Evolution and Function of Potassium Channels From the Inside Out
    April 30, 2015  |  Gail Robertson, Ph.D.
  • Fear and Fear-Related Disorders: From Pavlov to PTSD
    May 21, 2015  |  Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.

2013 - 2014 Academic Year

  • Family-Wide Impacts of Genetics: The Case of Fragile X
    Sept. 26, 2013  |  Marsha R. Mailick, Ph.D.
  • Autism: New Mutations, Genes, and Pathways
    Nov. 14, 2013  |   Evan Eichler, Ph.D.
  • Innovations in Stroke Neurorehabilitation
    Jan. 9, 2014  |  Steven L. Wolf, Ph.D.
  • What Is the BRAIN Initiative and What Will It Teach Us About Ourselves?
    Feb. 20, 2014  |  Joshua Sanes, Ph.D.
  • Charting Our Future Together: Envisioning a Diverse, Adaptive, and Networked Biomedical Science Ecosystem
    April 3, 2014  |  Gary Gibbons, M.D.
  • How Viruses Infect the Brain
    April 10, 2014  |  Terence S. Dermody, M.D.
  • What Makes the Human Brain Human?
    May 1, 2014  |  Terrence J. Sejnowski, Ph.D.
  • Cancer and Aging
    May 22, 2014  |  Ronald A. DePinho, M.D.

2012 - 2013 Academic Year

  • Children’s Right to Thrive: The Promise and Barriers to Putting Science into Action
    Oct. 4, 2012   |  Craig Ramey, Ph.D. and Sharon Ramey, Ph.D.
  • GABA Neurons in Schizophrenia
    Oct. 25, 2012  |  Francine Benes, M.D., Ph.D.
  • The Brain and the Law
    Nov. 12, 2012  |  David Eagleman, Ph.D.
  • Personalized Cancer Medicine: Are We There Yet?
    Dec. 6, 2012  |  Eileen Dolan, Ph.D.
  • The Power of Singing: Implications for Brain Plasticity and Recovery of Function
    Jan. 10, 2013  |  Gottfried Schlaug, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Denial of Service Attacks: Network Hyperexcitability in Alzheimer’s Dementia 
    Jan. 17, 2013  |  Jeffrey Noebels, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Exciting New Ways to Stimulate the Brain to Treat Depression or Pain
    Feb. 14, 2013  |  Mark George, M.D.
  • Understanding Biological Systems: Mission Impossible?
  • March 28, 2013  |  Peter Kohl, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Visualizing Molecular Machines and Cells
    April 11, 2013  |  Wah Chiu, Ph.D.
  • Changing Fear
    April 18, 2013  |  Elizabeth Phelps, Ph.D.
    Engaging the Public in Biomedical Research
    Aug. 15, 2013  |  Yvonne Maddox, Ph.D.

2011 - 2012 Academic Year

  • The Molecular Biology of Memory Formation
    Sept. 9, 2011  |  Ron Davis, Ph.D.
  • What Do We Know About Addiction?
    Sept. 29, 2011  |  Nora Volkow, M.D.
  • Seeing What the Nose Tells the Brain
    Sept. 30, 2011  |  Matt Wachowiak, Ph.D.
  • How the Mind Makes Morals
    Oct. 13, 2011  |  Patricia Churchland, Ph.D. 
  • Parallel Universes
    Oct. 20, 2011  |  Robert Kimberly, M.D.
  • How Electron Crytomography is Opening a Window into Bacterial Ultrastructure
    Oct. 27, 2011  |  Grant Jensen, Ph.D.
  • Bacterial Toxins: Structural Studies of Molecular Trojan Horses
    Nov. 3, 2011  |  Melanie Ohi, Ph.D. 
  • Why Tools of the Mind and Montessory Educational Approaches Help Executive Function Skills
    Dec. 1, 2011  |  Adele Diamond, Ph.D. 
  • Steroid Hormones and Cancer
    Dec. 8, 2011  |  Jan-Ake Gustafsson, M.D., Ph.D. 
  • Neurotransmitter Transporters
    Jan. 12, 2012  |  Susan Amara, Ph.D.
  • Evolution of an Adaptive Immune System of Defense
    Jan. 19, 2012  |  Max Cooper, M.D.
  • New Approaches to Treating Chronic Pain
    Jan. 26, 2012  |  Robert Gereau, Ph.D.
  • What Therapeutic Drugs Do
    Feb. 2, 2012  |  John Scott, Ph.D. 
  • How Does a Frog Egg Solve Geometry Problems?
    Feb. 9, 2012  |  Timothy Mitchison, Ph.D.
  • Behavioral Choice Theory and Obesity
    Feb. 23, 2012  | Leonard Epstein, Ph.D.
  • The Violent Brain: Ethical and Legal Implications
    March 8, 2012  |  Afrian Raine, D.Phil.
  • The Functional Architecture of Face Processing
    Mar. 15, 2012  |  Lesie Ungerleider, Ph.D. 
  • Back to the Future: Brain Stimulation in Psychiatry
    Mar. 29, 2012  |  Sarah Lisanby, M.D.
  • Your Genome and Your Health
    April 5, 2012  |  Richard Gibbs, Ph.D. 
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    May 10, 2012  |  Amy Wagers, Ph.D.
  • How the Brain Develops the Ability to Integrate Information from Different Senses
    May 24, 2012  |  Barry Stein, Ph.D.

2010 - 2011 Academic Year

  • Risk, Resilience, and Gene-Environment Interplay
    Mar. 24, 2011  |  Stephen Suomi, Ph.D.
  • Glial Derived Brain Tumors
    April 7, 2011  |  Harald Sontheimer, Ph.D.
  • Synaptic Plasticity - The Brain's Response to Experience
    May 6, 2011  |  Robert Malenka, Ph.D., M.D.
  • Developing Pharmacotherapies for Cognitive Impairment in Down Syndrome
    May 19, 2011  |  Craig C. Garner, Ph.D.