With topics ranging from addiction, autism, and obesity to 3D silicon brains and the world’s fastest, deepest penetrating camera, the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC launches the 10th season of its Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series on Sept. 3.

The slate features 26 leaders from the frontiers of cardiovascular science, cancer research, neuroscience, biomedical imaging and health behaviors.

After an entirely virtual season last year, many events in this year’s series, which runs through April, are anticipated to be in-person presentations at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. In person attendees must exercise all appropriate COVID-19 safety measures. The seminars are offered primarily for researchers but are also open to all members of the Virginia Tech Carilion community including graduate and medical students, undergraduates, faculty, and staff. Anyone can attend the lectures virtually through the research institute’s website.

“The Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series has been and continues to be foundational to the research institute’s mission to make major scientific advances that improve health,” said Michael Friedlander, Virginia Tech’s vice president for health sciences and technology and executive director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. “Through these lectures by investigators on the vanguard of biomedical science, our scientists and trainees are exposed to some of the most innovative contemporary ideas in biomedical and health science research. The interactions that occur during the lectures and the many meetings that occur over a two-day period between the speakers and the faculty, students, and staff inspire our own innovations and collaborations right here at Virginia Tech.”

Since it began in 2012, the series has presented 109 leaders in biomedical research from across the world. Each presentation is 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 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.

PBR winter-spring speakers
Speakers in the Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series this winter and spring include (top row, left to right) Sarah Yip, Evan Anton, Diana Cittelly, Lihong Wang, Karen Hirschi, (second row) Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Carrie Ferrario, Zhenghe Wang, Hedy Kober, Li Qian, (third row) Donita Brady, Garret Stuber, Eric Beyer, and Tallie Z. Baram.

Here is the schedule for this year’s Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series. Lectures that are virtual only are noted. All seminars will be streamed live via Zoom, and webcast live through the research institute’s website.

For more information about the Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series and how to attend virtually or in person, please visit the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute’s website.

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