Scientists find brain plasticity assorted into functional networks
Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have made a key finding of the striking differences in how the brain’s cells can change through experience. Their results were published this week in PLoS One.
Scientists find new evidence of immune system plasticity
Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have found a potential way to influence long-term memory formation in the immune system. The researchers published their results this week in Nature Communications.
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists take first-of-kind dopamine readings in humans
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have reported measurements of dopamine release with unprecedented temporal precision in the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease.
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists gain insight into cause of Alzheimer’s symptoms
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have uncovered a mechanism in the brain that could account for some of the neural degeneration and memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers, together with scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, discovered that a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease – the accumulation of amyloid plaques along blood vessels – could be disrupting blood flow in the brain. The results were published in the journal Brain.
Virginia Tech Carilion receives Excellence in Virginia Government Award
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute recently received one of seven Excellence in Virginia Government Awards given annually by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. The organization was recognized for its successful public-private partnership.
Scientists awarded $2.4 million to research potential behavioral treatment in prediabetic individuals
Warren Bickel, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received a $2.4 million grant to investigate and improve maladaptive decision-making that may contribute to Type 2 diabetes.
Scientists unexpectedly find ALS affects sensory neurons involved in movement
Researchers discover neurons affected by ALS that could help speed the identification and testing of therapeutics.
Neuroscience experts bring “The Brain State” research to the public
An alliance of researchers are endeavoring to make Virginia the hub of scientific efforts to understand and develop treatments for brain-related disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to addiction and brain tumors. Members of the public were recently invited to hear about the latest research conducted in “The Brain State” at a panel called Dissecting Science: Your Amazing Brain.
‘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.
Scientists develop new toolkit to examine molecular mechanisms of human disease
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist Deborah Kelly and her research team developed a tunable microchip to view activity inside a human breast cancer cell for the first time.
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.
- TEDxVirginiaTech features two Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists
- Harald Sontheimer and Stefanie Robel publish review paper in Nature Neuroscience
- Read Montague featured on PBS show
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