Research Team Briefs for 2012

Gregorio Valdez presents on the effects of aging and lifestyle factors on motor synapses

Nov. 20, 2012

Gregorio Valdez, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently served on the program committee for the Gerontological Society of America’s annual meeting. The society is a multidisciplinary group of professionals that promotes the scientific study of aging. The meeting took place on November 14-18 in San Diego, California, and brought together more than 4,000 of the brightest minds in the field of aging. This year’s theme was “Charting New Frontiers in Aging.”

Gregorio Valdez included in most widely used neuroscience graduate textbook

Nov. 19, 2012

The work of Gregorio Valdez, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, on aging synapses is included in the most recent edition of Principles of Neural Science, the most widely used book to teach neuroscience to graduate students. First published in 1981 by Elsevier, Principles of Neural Science is a textbook now in its fifth edition, which was published in October 2012.

Michael Friedlander delivers talks for future physicians

Oct. 21, 2012

Michael Friedlander delivered two talks in San Antonio, Texas, at the American Medical Student Association’s Empowering Future Physicians Conference

Michael Friedlander presents at CityWorks X(po)

Oct. 20, 2012

Michael Friedlander presented “Science Nerds, Business Leaders, Community Folks, and Natural Beauty: Local Change and Global Impact,” as part of Roanoke’s second annual CityWorks X(po), a multidisciplinary idea exchange and festival conference, held on October 19, 2012.

Michael Friedlander presents the cognitive neuroscientific underpinnings of curriculum design

Oct. 16, 2012

Michael Friedlander delivered a lecture on the cognitive neuroscientific underpinnings of curriculum design to more than 300 health educators from medicine, nursing, and other health-related disciplines at the 2012 Fall Interprofessional Education Collaborative Institute meeting in Atlanta on October 15.

Warren Bickel honored with the Brady-Schuster Award

Aug. 16, 2012

Warren Bickel received the Brady-Schuster Award for outstanding behavioral science research in psychopharmacology and substance abuse.

Jamie Tyler receives prestigious McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award

July 24, 2012

William “Jamie” Tyler, an assistant professor in the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has received a 2012 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award. He is being honored for a promising avenue of research that could provide powerful insights into brain circuitry and yield a novel approach to treating neurological and psychiatric diseases.

Sharon and Craig Ramey played instrumental roles in Roanoke's being named an All America City for a record-breaking sixth time

July 16, 2012

Sharon and Craig Ramey played instrumental roles in Roanoke's being named an All-America City for a record-breaking sixth time.

Brooks King-Casas recognized as Scholar of the Week

July 9, 2012

Brooks King-Casas, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recognized as Scholar of the Week on the Virginia Tech research website on July 9. The Office of the Vice President for Research gives the honor to Virginia Tech faculty members who are doing outstanding work in their fields. The goal of the program is to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at the university.

Read Montague introduced an idea worth spreading at TEDGlobal 2012

June 28, 2012

During the TEDGlobal 2012 conference, Read Montague introduced an idea worth spreading: state-of-the-art computational approaches can enhance the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses.

Michael Friedlander offers a new model for biomedical research

May 16, 2012

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently offered insights into a new model for biomedical research.

Michael Friedlander to offer neuroscientific lessons to enhance health education

May 14, 2012

At the inaugural Interprofessional Education Collaborative conference, Michael Friedlander will present the 10 key aspects of learning that should be incorporated into a medical curriculum to make it effective.

Warren Bickel recognized as Scholar of the Week

May 14, 2012

Warren Bickel, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recognized as Scholar of the Week on the Virginia Tech research website on May 14, 2012. The Office of the Vice President for Research gives the honor to Virginia Tech faculty members who are doing outstanding work in their fields. The goal of the program is to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at the university.

Read Montague speaks to the science of psychiatric diagnosis

May 10, 2012

Psychiatrists make educated guesses, based on a patient’s behavior, but often what they do is more of an art than a science. According to Virginia Public Radio, "that could someday change as a result of revolutionary research in Roanoke."

Michael Friedlander to present Distinguished Biology Seminar

May 8, 2012

Michael Friedlander will present “Synapses with Minds of Their Own” as the Director’s Distinguished Seminar of the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Sharon Ramey honored as distinguished alumna of the University of Washington

May 4, 2012

Sharon Ramey received the Timeless Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington.

Pearl Chiu recognized as Scholar of the Week

April 9, 2012

Pearl Chiu, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recognized as Scholar of the Week on the Virginia Tech research website on April 9. The Office of the Vice President for Research gives the honor to Virginia Tech faculty members who are doing outstanding work in their fields. The goal of the program is to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at the university.

Sharon Ramey recognized as Scholar of the Week

March 6, 2012

Sharon Ramey, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recognized as Scholar of the Week on the Virginia Tech research website on March 5. The Office of the Vice President for Research gives the honor to Virginia Tech faculty members who are doing outstanding work in their fields. The goal of the program is to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at the university.

Michael Friedlander honored by the Association of American Medical Colleges

March 1, 2012

The Association of American Medical Colleges has named Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, a Distinguished Service Member.

Read Montague presented at the Stanford Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation

March 1, 2012

Read Montague, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and the Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was one of several speakers at a symposium at the Stanford Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation on February 29, 2012.

Benefits of high-quality child care persist 30 years later

Jan. 19, 2012

Adults who participated in a high-quality early childhood education program in the 1970s are still benefiting from their early experiences in a variety of ways, according to the latest results from a study that Craig Ramey launched nearly forty years ago.