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.
Michael Friedlander receives 2015 Regional Leadership Award
Michael Friedlander, founding executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, received the 2015 Regional Leadership Award at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council’s TechNite Banquet 2015.
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.
Paul McDonald named a Passion in Science Award winner
Paul McDonald, a research scientist at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recognized as a Humanitarian Duty Award winner, as part of the inaugural New England Biolabs Passion in Science Awards.
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.
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.
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
- Sarah McDonald honored with Zoetis Award for Research Excellence
- Oestriech Lab study featured in Nature Reviews Immunology
- Forbes (May 18): With risky choices, social influence pushes us to greater extremes
- Medical Daily (May 18): Risky business: When people we trust take chances, hard choices come easier
- Medical Xpress (May 18): Brain scans show birds of a feather do flock together