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.
Deeper than ancestry.com, 'EvoCor' identifies gene relationships
Gregorio Valdez, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and his team designed a search engine – called EvoCor – that identifies genes that are functionally linked. The name, a portmanteau of “evolution” and “correlation,” points to the idea that genes with a similar evolutionary history and expression pattern have evolved together to control a specific biological process.
Risky business: Scientists seek to identify predictors of risky behaviors among teenagers
What makes the adolescent brain so susceptible to taking risks? Virginia Tech scientists are recruiting as many as 150 teenagers to help them find out.
Addicts who live in the moment may get most benefit from certain kinds of treatment
An analysis across addictions and across treatments suggests that a simple cognitive test may be able to predict a treatment’s success for individuals struggling with addiction, according to a study led by an addiction expert at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
Growth factors could be key to warding off symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and aging
An early-career researcher at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has won his first major independent grant from the National Institutes of Health. And if his research pans out, the result could be a therapeutic technique to slow – or even stop – the onset of the most debilitating symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS.
Ultrasound directed to the human brain can boost sensory performance
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have demonstrated that ultrasound directed to a specific region of the brain can boost performance in sensory discrimination. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, provides the first demonstration that low-intensity, transcranial-focused ultrasound can modulate human brain activity to enhance perception.
Study proves pivotal for patient with rare disease
For scientists conducting basic biological research, discoveries often take years before they’re translated into effects on individual patients. Even if they lead to clinical trials, the impact on human health is not a guarantee. Imagine the delight, then, when a scientist sees a research paper have a dramatic effect on a patient less than a year after publication. This is what happened to Steven Poelzing.
Research into understanding alcohol dependence receives a major boost
The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has received a five-year, $2.8-million grant to study interventions aimed at enhancing self-control among problem drinkers.
Researchers discover how retinal neurons claim the best brain connections
Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the University of Louisville have discovered that during neurodevelopment, neurons from the brain’s cerebral cortex extend axons to the edge of the part of the brain dedicated to processing visual signals – but then stop. Instead of immediately making connections, the cortical neurons wait for two weeks while neurons from the retina connect to the brain.
Researchers discover first evidence to support controversial theory of 'buckyball' formation
Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have reported the first experimental evidence that supports the theory that a soccer ball-shaped nanoparticle, commonly called a buckyball, is the result of a breakdown of larger structures rather than being built atom-by-atom from the ground up.
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.
- Deborah Kelly receives young investigator award from the Concern Foundation
- Warren Bickel and Pearl Chiu join in on the conversation about addiction
- Steven Poelzing selected for National Institutes of Health grant reviewing board
- Sarah McDonald discusses rotavirus on This Week in Virology
- WVTF (Jul 17): Studying the Teen Brain
- Physician's Money Digest (Jul 17): Brain Function Links to Winning and Losing Traders
- CNBC (Jul 11): Your Brain and the Markets