Giving to Virginia Tech Carilion
Your gift to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute allows us to continue to invent the future of biomedical research and medical education. No matter the size, your gift is important.
By giving to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, you will demonstrate your commitment to leadership in medical education and leading-edge biomedical research breakthroughs. You will also be a critical partner in helping to secure the future health of our communities and beyond.
Gifts can be made using the online giving form. Gifts can be designated for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine or the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine represents a new approach to medical education. A unique, public-private partnership between a cutting-edge research university and a major health care institution, the school educates physician thought leaders through inquiry, research, and discovery.
At the same time its curriculum provides an exemplary education in the basic and clinical sciences, the school transcends the traditional medical education model in several ways. Its patient-centered curriculum, for example, trains students to make patients their central focus. Rather than learning passively, they interact with clinic patients and analyze real-life cases in facilitator-guided, small-group discussions. Through this approach, students learn both the science of medicine and the art of caring for patients.
The school also emphasizes interprofessionalism. Medical students take classes with nursing, physician assistant, and allied health students, an experience that helps prepare them to thrive in multidisciplinary teams and to deliver high-quality care. Finally, the school provides instruction in the principles, methods, and ethics of basic, clinical, and translational research throughout the curriculum.
Through its entire approach, the School capitalizes on Virginia Tech’s world-class strength in basic sciences, bioinformatics, and engineering and leverages Carilion Clinic’s highly experienced medical staff and rich history in medical education to train the next generation of physician thought leaders.
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute integrates the life sciences with the physical, engineering, behavioral, and social sciences to develop new approaches to major diseases and disorders. The institute’s research teams are led by scientists who transcend conventional disciplinary boundaries as they seek innovation and discovery in the service of health.
One unifying theme of the institute’s research program is based on a simple fact: Fifty percent of all human disease is related to the nervous system. Institute scientists integrate new technologies and foster multidisciplinary thinking to understand how the brain develops, makes choices, and responds to disease and injury throughout the lifespan.
Scientists in the institute’s Computational Psychiatry Unit, for example, work across disciplines to understand the neural computations involved in human cognition and such psychiatric disorders as borderline personality disorder, depression, dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic addiction, and autism spectrum disorders. Other institute researchers work to develop noninvasive approaches to treating brain disorders through neurostimulation with ultrasound. Using this innovative approach, they seek to arrest intractable seizures, reduce symptoms of major depression, ameliorate chronic pain, treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and facilitate attention, learning, and memory in in traumatic brain injury and dementia.
Still other research teams tackle challenges as varied as cardiac rehabilitation, cancer, and immunology. Among the other major research topics are the identification, prevention, and treatment of abnormal heart electrical rhythms. These include atrial fibrillation and abnormal rhythms that can lead to sudden cardiac death, as well as the mechanisms of hypoxic-ischemic injury to the heart. More research programs are devoted to the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to understanding and treating breast cancer based on a structural oncology approach; the development of memory in the immune system towards a goal of developing more effective vaccines, the prevention of autoimmune disorders and new treatments for cancer using the body’s own immune system; and the reduction in scarring and healing of wounds after surgery, injury, or disease. The institute already has 26 such research teams with more than 300 faculty, students, and staff in place. Together, these teams will discover fundamental processes of life and solve major health challenges facing people throughout the world.