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.
Michael Friedlander’s research continues to be lauded 40 years later
The field of neuroscience was still in its infancy when Michael Friedlander and his colleagues brainstormed a new experimental approach to examine how temperature change affects the entirety of a living organism. The resulting paper, published nearly four decades ago, was recently cited as a landmark example of temperature acclimation brain research.
Major 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.
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.
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
- Medical News Today (Mar 1): Beliefs about nicotine 'may override its effects on the brain'
- WDBJ (Feb 27): What color is the dress?
- WSET (Feb 24): Researchers combining money with breathalyzers to combat alcoholism