Research Team Briefs for 2014

Read Montague featured as panelist at behavioral economics conference

Dec. 18, 2014

Read Montague’s participation in a panel discussion at the Fifth Annual Triangle Law and Economics Conference was recently made available online, as were individual clips of his answers to questions.

Sharon Ramey study featured on the Today Show

Dec. 18, 2014

Sharon Ramey coauthored a study highlighted on the Today Show on Dec. 15. The study focuses on the risk factors that contribute to women’s retaining their pregnancy weight a year after giving birth.

Michael Friedlander argues for inclusion of health researchers in interprofessionalism

Dec. 4, 2014

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently responded to an article published in an Association of American Medical Colleges newsletter. The AAMC article offered an analysis of interprofessional education, in which medical students learn collaboratively with students in other medical professions, such as nursing and physician assisting. Friedlander’s response was published in the Wing of Zock, a popular AAMC blog for professionals and students at medical schools and teaching hospitals.

Michael Friedlander gave a keynote address at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Nov. 26, 2014

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, gave a keynote address at the annual meeting of the Association of the American Medical Colleges.

Faculty members present panel discussion on harnessing the power of the brain

Nov. 24, 2014

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, hosted a panel discussion titled, “Harnessing Brain Power: When Brains do Amazing Things and When They Do Stupid Things,” as part of the presidential installation of Timothy D. Sands, the 16th president of Virginia Tech.

Sharon and Craig Ramey delivered keynote address at 2014 Parents as Teachers conference

Nov. 3, 2014

Sharon and Craig Ramey, both professors and distinguished research scholars at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, delivered the keynote address at the 2014 Parents as Teachers conference on October 30.

Stephanie DeLuca and Sharon Ramey invited to participate in international workshop on cerebral palsy

Oct. 24, 2014

Sharon Ramey, a professor and distinguished research scholar at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Stephanie DeLuca, a research assistant professor at the institute, have been invited to participate in the National Institutes of Health’s State-of-the-Science and Treatment Decisions in Cerebral Palsy Workshop on November 12–13.

Warren Bickel receives grant to explore use of social media to prevent and treat substance use

Oct. 24, 2014

Warren Bickel, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received a National Institutes of Health grant of $1.7 million to study how social media might be used to prevent and treat substance abuse.

Robert Gourdie invited to lecture at the 60th anniversary celebration of the Institute of Physiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Oct. 9, 2014

Robert Gourdie, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was invited to speak at the 60th anniversary celebration of the Institute of Physiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Oestriech Lab study featured in Nature Reviews Immunology

Sept. 25, 2014

Oestriech Lab study featured as a Research Highlight in Nature Reviews Immunology.

Michael Friedlander delivers keynote address to college presidents

July 3, 2014

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, gave the keynote address at the opening of the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges on June 27.

Deborah Kelly receives young investigator award from the Concern Foundation

June 30, 2014

Deborah Kelly, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was named a recipient of a young investigator award from the Concern Foundation. This grant will provide funding for an analysis of how oxidative damage can give rise to breast cancer in BRCA1 gene mutations at a molecular level.

Craig Ramey named to New York City advisory council on early childhood education

June 20, 2014

Craig Ramey, a professor and distinguished research scholar at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and a pioneer in the field of early childhood education, has been appointed to New York City’s Division of Early Childhood Education’s Universal Pre-K Scientific Advisory Council. Ramey will be part of a team of experts researching ways to provide quality pre-kindergarten programs to children in the New York City area.

Michael Friedlander spoke at summit on research models for Virginia universities

June 18, 2014

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently participated in a panel discussion on exemplary models of public-private partnerships in academe. The panel discussion, which featured leading research faculty from five Virginia universities, was part of the Virginia Higher Education Research Summit, held June 9 in Richmond.

Stephen LaConte earns College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor

June 17, 2014

Stephen LaConte, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor. The prestigious award is given to extraordinary faculty members with an aptitude for “teaching innovation, research, service, and outreach.”

Steven Poelzing selected for National Institutes of Health grant reviewing board

June 16, 2014

Steven Poelzing, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently selected to serve on a National Institutes of Health review board. The board – the Electrical Signaling, Ion Transport, and Arrhythmias Study Section – reviews grant applications for research delving into matters of the heart.

Gregorio Valdez develops search engine for genes

June 2, 2014

A frontier lies deep within our cells. Our bodies are as vast as oceans and space, composed of a dizzying number of different types of cells. Exploration reaches far, yet the genes that make each cell and tissue unique have remained largely obscure.

Read Montague discusses the biological determinants of political leanings

May 20, 2014

Are our political views biologically determined? In a BBC Radio feature today, neuroscientist Read Montague discussed his research using functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine correlations between responses to disgusting images and political leanings.

Robert Gourdie receives Catalyst grant

April 30, 2014

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has been named a recipient of a generous grant from the Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation.

Brooks King-Casas recruiting for new study on risk-taking in adolescents

April 23, 2014

What makes the adolescent brain so susceptible to taking risks? Virginia Tech scientists are recruiting as many as 150 teenagers to help them find out.

Michael Friedlander and Warren Bickel featured in WDBJ7 special

April 14, 2014

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute brain science was featured in a local television special titled, “Stop the Stigma.” Focusing on mental health management in Virginia, the WDBJ7 program also looked to current research for future treatments. Featured in the special were two Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute professors who work to expand what we know about the brain and how to treat mental illnesses.

Read Montague’s innovations applauded by Governor Terry McAuliffe

April 11, 2014

Read Montague’s hyperscanning work was recently cited by Governor Terry McAuliffe as a premier example of research collaborations. “Developed by Professor Read Montague, this invention is providing unprecedented insight into how the human brain functions,” the governor said. “It will change the way we understand and diagnose conditions such as autism, Alzheimer’s, and addiction.”

Warren Bickel receives additional support for complex addictions

April 8, 2014

Warren Bickel, director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received a $40,000 supplemental grant from the National Institutes of Health to research self-control improvement interventions in people who are addicted to a combination of substances.

Warren Bickel finds quantitive changes in addictive behavior through past research

March 26, 2014

Drug-dependent people who least take the future into account may, paradoxically, be the ones to benefit the most from certain treatments.

Michael Friedlander to present final installment of Brain School 2014

March 26, 2014

Michael Friedlander,executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will present the final installment of Brain School 2014 on March 27.

Michael Friedlander maps the brain for teachers

Feb. 27, 2014

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, delivered a talk about brain development to Roanoke area middle and high school science teachers as part of the Bite of Science session at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences on February 25, 2014.

Michael Friedlander teaches pathologists the neuroscience of effective medical education

Jan. 28, 2014

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently delivered a plenary lecture, “The Neurobiological Basis of Effective Learning, Retention, and Utilization of Information,” at the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) annual meeting in Galveston, Texas. GRIPE is an academic society of educators who teach pathology to medical students and residents at medical centers across the country.

Michael Friedlander honored by University of Alabama at Birmingham

Jan. 21, 2014

Nearly a decade after leaving the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Michael Friedlander will be honored by the university’s undergraduate neuroscience society. Friedlander, founding executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will receive the First Annual Undergraduate Neuroscience Society Distinguished Scholar Award of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He will accept the award this spring in Birmingham, where he will present the inaugural award lecture to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.

Read Montague delivered two talks at Georgia Tech

Jan. 17, 2014

Read Montague, director of the Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently delivered two talks at the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging at Georgia Tech.

Jamie Tyler publishes study on ultrasound of the brain in Nature Neuroscience

Jan. 12, 2014

Whales, bats, and even praying mantises use ultrasound as a sensory guidance system – and now a new study has found that ultrasound can modulate brain activity to heighten sensory perception in humans.

Gregorio Valdez receives grant to research how to slow ALS

Jan. 3, 2014

An early-career researcher at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has won his first major independent grant from the National Institutes of Health. And if his research pans out, the result could be a therapeutic technique to slow – or even stop – the onset of the most debilitating symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS.