Sharon and Craig Ramey to speak as part of Virginia Tech’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration
Two Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute professors will take part in the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Virginia Tech during the week of Jan. 19. Sharon and Craig Ramey, both professors and distinguished research scholars at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will give two seminars on how health and education disparities can contribute to poverty and further class divide.
Going viral: Targeting brain cancer cells with a wound-healing drug
At the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, three scientists are planning to create a virus capable of destroying brain cancer. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it isn’t hypothetical – the researchers were recently awarded a grant from the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund, part of the Center for Innovative Technology, to engineer a viral therapy.
Cell ‘memory’ could be key to strengthen vaccine efficacy
A team of scientists from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the University of Alabama at Birmingham say that the immunology boot camp is more communication-intensive than initially thought — a discovery that could help efforts to produce more effective vaccines.
Do you know what your brain knows?
Stephen LaConte is researching whether the brain can neurally recognize emotion as part of a larger research project to develop a facial emotion recognition assistant for people with an autism spectrum disorder. The research group, under the umbrella of the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research through Virginia Tech’s Department of Psychology, received a National Institutes of Health grant to build this technology.
The price of honesty
A team of scientists from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the University of California at Berkeley used advanced imaging techniques to study how the brain makes choices about honesty.
Small rewards might lead to big results in alcohol abstinence
Mikhail Koffarnus, a research assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received a National Institutes of Health grant for nearly half a million dollars to devise a new approach to substance abuse treatment.
First clinical trial for novel skin wound-healing compound is a success
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist Robert Gourdie developed a wound-healing peptide while researching how electrical signals trigger heartbeats. He never imagined that the peptide, ACT1, would prove to heal venous leg ulcers twice as quickly as the current standard of care.
Seeing trees for the forest: Scientists find new aspects to visual system development
It’s not the destination that matters; it’s the journey – except when it comes to the brain. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have found that the cells reaching from the eye to the brain form their branched endings differently, depending on where in the brain their endings terminate. The result is a single cell body with several terminals that look different.
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists make surprising discovery about a common virus
Viruses are resilient. They mutate and adapt to survive, fueling the fear of uncontrollable epidemics. Scientists recently found, however, that with rotavirus, evolution may be slower than previously thought. Globally, rotavirus is responsible for nearly half a million deaths in children each year. Sarah McDonald, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, led the study, recently published in the Journal of Virology, which found that the rotavirus genome does not change as often as expected.
Scientists seek to develop new imaging capabilities to view a human virus in action
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists Deborah Kelly and Sarah McDonald are ambitious and determined, and it’s paying off. The two assistant professors recently received a National Institutes of Health grant for their collaborative work developing new imaging technologies that will allow them to see live rotavirus activity.
From the Executive Director
Since opening its doors in September 2010, the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has drawn 21 world-class research teams to Roanoke, Virginia. These teams are led by scientists who transcend conventional disciplinary boundaries as they seek innovation and discovery in the service of health.
- Robert Gourdie invited to lecture at the 60th anniversary celebration of the Institute of Physiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences
- Oestriech Lab study featured in Nature Reviews Immunology
- Deborah Kelly receives young investigator award from the Concern Foundation
- Sarah McDonald discusses rotavirus on This Week in Virology
- WVTF (Nov 14): Predicting Party Affiliation
- Discovery News (Nov 3): Repulsed by Disgusting Images? Must be Republican
- WSET (Oct 31): Researchers Can Predict Whether Liberal or Conservative Using Disgusting Pictures