Eighteen leading scholars in brain health, vascular health, lung function, pancreatic cancer, substance use, and more are part of the spring lineup for the Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series. The speakers are part of the biomedical and health sciences programs and idea-sharing taking place at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC.

The speakers will address topics relevant to the research of members of the Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic communities, including graduate and medical students, undergraduates, faculty, and staff. The lecture series completed its fall season Dec. 9. With one exception, the spring seminars are scheduled to be in person at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. In addition, the lectures can be attended virtually through the research institute’s website.

The Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series was developed to serve as a forum for sharing contemporary insights in biomedical science by the nation’s thought leaders. They conclude with a question-and-answer session that leaves participants energized and inspired, said Michael Friedlander, Virginia Tech’s vice president for health sciences and technology and executive director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC (FBRI). 

“We enjoy sharing academic discoveries in the biomedical and health sciences space with those who share our dedication to discovery as we re-imagine the future of health,” Friedlander said. “We’re always learning about the latest work going on to help keep our researchers abreast of the newest technological and conceptual advances in areas related to our cancer, cardiovascular, neuroscience and children’s health research at the FBRI.”

In addition to the seminars, speakers interact with students, faculty, and staff during their two-day visits. 

Since it began in 2012, the program has hosted 145 leaders in biomedical research from across the globe. Presentations are co-sponsored by one or more of the institute’s research centers or focus areas, including the Addiction Recovery and Research Center, the Center for Vascular and Heart Research, the Cancer Research Group, the Center for Human Neuroscience Research, the Center for Health Behaviors Research, and the Center for Neurobiology Research. The schedule for the second half of the program that runs in the spring follows, with each seminar starting at 11 a.m.

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute also hosts the Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture SeriesBrain School, international conferences, and the Timothy A. Johnson Medical Scholar Lecture Series.

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