‘Brainbow’ reveals surprising data about visual connections in brain
Neuroscientists know that some connections in the brain are pruned through neural development. Function gives rise to structure, according to the textbooks. But scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have discovered that the textbooks might be wrong.
Second class joins the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program
Seventeen students recently became the newest members of the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program. The doctoral program, the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s largest interdisciplinary program, launched last year.
Harald Sontheimer to hold I. D. Wilson Chair in the College of Science
Harald Sontheimer, who joined Virginia Tech earlier this month to direct a university-wide neuroscience initiative, will hold the I. D. Wilson Chair in the College of Science. That appointment was recently approved by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Scientists earn grant to study the leading cause of childhood blindness
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists were awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health to study optic nerve hypoplasia, the leading cause of childhood blindness.
Brain scanning reveals that birds of a feather really do flock together
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging to find that our inherent risk-taking preferences affect how we view and act on information from other people. The results of the study were published in Nature Neuroscience.
Scientist’s dogma-challenging work recognized with prestigious grant
Michael Fox, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently named a 2015 NARSAD Independent Investigator.
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists discover beliefs can be just as powerful as nicotine
Two identical cigarettes led to a discovery by scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Study participants inhaled nicotine, yet they showed significantly different brain activity. Why the difference? Some subjects were told their cigarettes were nicotine free.
Grant awarded to help take rotavirus down from the inside
Sarah McDonald, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received a $2-million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how a common – and, in the developing world, sometimes deadly – childhood virus builds itself anew.
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.
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.
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.
- Sarah McDonald selected for National Institutes of Health grant reviewing board
- Stephen LaConte promoted to associate professor
- Michael Fox named 2015 NARSAD Independent Investigator
- WDBJ (Sep 17): Scientists at Virginia Tech doing advanced breast cancer research
- Roanoke Times (Sep 13): Friedlander: Gun violence shows why we need more brain research
- Richmond Times Dispatch (Sep 10): Scientists from VCU, UVa and Tech collaborating with pharmaceutical firm to develop ALS treatment