ROANOKE, Va., March 23, 2011 – Stephen J. Suomi, chief of the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, will speak at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, 2 Riverside Circle in Roanoke, on Thursday and Friday, as the first in the inaugural distinguished visiting scholars program sponsored by the research institute.
Suomi will give a public lecture from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, on "Risk, resilience, and gene-environment interplay in primates," in room M203. There will be a public reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. He will give a talk on his current research, "New studies of epigenetic developmental processes in primates," at noon on Friday, in room R1059 at the research institute.
Suomi has received international recognition for his extensive research on bio-behavioral development in rhesus monkeys and other primate species. His initial postdoctoral research successfully reversed the adverse effects of early social isolation, previously thought to be permanent in rhesus monkeys. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his contributions to the understanding of how socialization affects the psychological development of non-human primates. His current research focuses on the role of genetic and environmental factors in shaping individual psychological development in non-human primates, the effect of change on psychological development, and whether findings on monkeys in captivity generalize not only to monkeys living in the wild but also to humans living in different cultures.
Hosts for the talk are Sharon L. Ramey, distinguished research scholar with the research institute, and Michael J. Friedlander, executive director of the research institute.
The research institute's visiting scholar series will bring nationally and internationally prominent biomedical and bio-behavioral scientists to Roanoke for several days of informal meetings with researchers and for a series of lectures to the greater research, clinical, and student/trainee communities. "Public lectures will be intended for diverse audiences in order to facilitate the dissemination of leading edge contemporary information on major topics of the underlying principles of health, disease, and healthcare," said Friedlander.
Special presentations will focus on the most up to date research findings from each scholar’s own laboratory." I welcome you to attend these programs and to notify your colleagues in Roanoke, Blacksburg, and throughout the valleys to this exciting new opportunity in the biomedical and health sciences in Roanoke."
The next speakers for whom details are final are
Details are being finalized for additional speakers:
Updates will be posted on the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute website and on the Virginia Tech Calendar of Events. For more information, contact Dana Nicols at (540) 526-2013.
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute joins the basic science, life science, bioinformatics, and engineering strengths of Virginia Tech with the medical practice and medical education experience of Carilion Clinic. Virginia Tech Carilion is located in a new biomedical health sciences campus in Roanoke at 2 Riverside Circle.