Research Team Briefs for 2015

Harald Sontheimer and Stefanie Robel publish review paper in Nature Neuroscience

Dec. 8, 2015

Harald Sontheimer and Stefanie Robel, both scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, published a review paper in Nature Neuroscience titled, “Glia as drivers of abnormal neuronal activity.” The paper summarizes recent research that points to a surprising finding about the disease process in brain cells.

Harald Sontheimer’s article featured in Nature’s ‘News and Views’

Dec. 7, 2015

Harald Sontheimer, director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer Center, wrote a “News and Views” article for the December 3 issue of Nature.

Pearl Chiu featured on “With Good Reason” radio show

Dec. 7, 2015

Pearl Chiu, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was featured on the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities radio show, “With Good Reason.” The program aired on December 5.

TEDxVirginiaTech features two Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists

Nov. 23, 2015

Two Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists were featured as speakers at the 2015 TEDxVirginiaTech event. The theme of this year’s event, “Kaleidoscope,” was intended to captivate and inspire multidisciplinary and transformative ideas in line with the principles of TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading.

TBMH students contribute to brain cancer research finding

Nov. 19, 2015

Alyssa Osimani and Kevin Pridham, both second-year doctoral students in Virginia Tech’s Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program, were collaborators on a recently published paper.

Harald Sontheimer to head proposed School of Neuroscience

Nov. 11, 2015

Virginia Tech’s proposed School of Neuroscience promises to be a unique program in the nation, one that will study not only disorders of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury, but also the mind itself, including decision-making, behavior, and creativity. Harald Sontheimer, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will serve as director of the proposed school.

Read Montague featured on PBS show

Nov. 6, 2015

Read Montague recently appeared on a new PBS series, The Brain with David Eagleman. The episode explored neurological research on how humans make decisions. Montague spoke about his finding that biology influences political ideology, which was published in Current Biology.

Cameron Varano named first author on collaborative and translational paper

Oct. 30, 2015

Cameron Varano, a doctoral student in the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program, was first author on a recently published paper in the journal Chemical Communications.

Kevin Pridham earns competitive travel award

Oct. 5, 2015

Kevin Pridham, a second-year doctoral student in Virginia Tech’s Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program, was named the winner of a Scholar-in-Training Award from the American Association of Cancer Research. The award will be used to support Pridham’s participation in the American Association of Cancer Research Special Conference on Noncoding RNAs and Cancer.

James Smyth and Samy Lamouille speak at CityWorks (X)po

Oct. 2, 2015

James Smyth, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Samy Lamouille, a research assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, spoke at the CityWorks (X)po event on October 1.

Michael Fox’s research image chosen as the Biomedical Picture of the Day

Sept. 28, 2015

An image from the research of Michael Fox, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was selected by Imperial College London as the Biomedical Picture of the Day on Sept. 28.

Michael Friedlander receives multiple sclerosis society honor

Sept. 23, 2015

The Roanoke chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society recently honored Michael Friedlander, founding executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, at the 2015 Roanoke Dinner of Champions.

Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health student becomes the first in the program to publish her research

Aug. 26, 2015

Sydney Vaughan, a doctoral student in the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program, was first author on a recently published research paper in the Journal of Comparative Neurology, a leading peer-reviewed scientific journal on advances in neuroscience. Mentored by Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute assistant professor Gregorio Valdez, Vaughan is the first student in the graduate program’s first year to have first authorship in an original scientific research paper.

Graduate student Amara Greer-Short awarded fellowship

July 7, 2015

Amara Greer-Short was recently named the 2015–2016 recipient of Virginia Tech’s Ellen E. Wade Graduate Studies Fellowship. Greer-Short is a biomedical engineering doctoral student in the laboratory of Steven Poelzing, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

Pearl Chiu presented to the National Institutes of Mental Health advisory council

June 11, 2015

Pearl Chiu, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently presented her research to the advisory council of the National Institute of Mental Health. She was selected, along with two others, from several researchers who had previously received funding from Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists, also called the BRAINS program. The National Institutes of Health started the initiative to support early career investigators and their neuroscience research.

Stephen LaConte promoted to associate professor

June 3, 2015

Stephen LaConte, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute since 2013, was approved as an associate professor with tenure in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics.

Institute scientists to launch new research initiative at Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference

June 2, 2015

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists will launch a new research initiative at the 14th Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference on June 5.

Michael Fox named 2015 NARSAD Independent Investigator

May 15, 2015

Michael Fox, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently named a 2015 NARSAD Independent Investigator.

Steven Poelzing inducted as a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society

April 27, 2015

Steven Poelzing, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently honored as a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society. The honor recognizes Poelzing’s research contributions to understanding cardiac arrhythmia.

Michael Friedlander briefs U.S. Senate on role of key federal agencies in getting treatments to patients

April 17, 2015

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and senior dean for research at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, recently briefed the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on the roles the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration play in getting innovations to patients.

Ken Kishida invited to speak as part of discussion on free will

April 8, 2015

Ken Kishida, a research scientist at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently invited to participate in a roundtable discussion on the changing nature of free will. The discussion is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.

Deborah Kelly presented at Bite of Science event

March 30, 2015

Deborah Kelly, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was invited to be a featured speaker at the Bite of Science event, sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education, Capital One, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, ExxonMobil, and the MeadWestvaco Foundation.

Graduate student earns multiple accolades at heart conference

March 29, 2015

Emily Ongstad, a Clemson University graduate student currently at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received multiple honors at the Gordon Conference on Cardiac Arrhythmia Mechanisms.

Deborah Kelly presented at the American Association of University Women meeting

March 23, 2015

Deborah Kelly, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, presented her research at a recent local chapter meeting of the American Association of University Women.

Deborah Kelly’s talk on the genetics of breast cancer highlighted

March 20, 2015

Deborah Kelly, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently presented her research at Lander University in South Carolina to students and professionals from the Greenwood Genetic Center and Self Regional Healthcare.

Warren Bickel to give keynote address at Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research annual meeting

March 9, 2015

Warren Bickel, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was selected to give the opening keynote address at the 2015 annual meeting of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

Kenneth Oestreich recognized with international award

March 6, 2015

Kenneth Oestreich, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was honored as this year’s Pfizer-Showell Travel Award winner for the annual meeting of the American Association of Immunologists. The prize pays for Oestreich to attend the Immunology 2015 conference, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana in May.

Sharon George awarded the Francis Scholarship

March 2, 2015

Sharon George was recently named the recipient of the David W. Francis and Lillian Francis Scholarship for the 2015–2016 academic year.

Steven Poelzing named an American Heart Association Fellow

March 2, 2015

Steven Poelzing, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was named a fellow of the American Heart Association.

Emily Ongstad recognized by the Society of Women Engineers

Feb. 27, 2015

Emily Ongstad, a Clemson University graduate student currently at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently honored with the Society of Women Engineers Outstanding Members-at-Large Leader Award.

Paul McDonald named a Passion in Science Award winner

Feb. 23, 2015

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.

Zhi Sheng recognized as Scholar of the Week

Feb. 2, 2015

Zhi Sheng, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recognized as Scholar of the Week on the Virginia Tech research website on January 29.

Sharon and Craig Ramey to speak at Virginia Tech’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Jan. 12, 2015

Two Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute professors will take part in the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Virginia Tech during the week of Jan. 19. Sharon and Craig Ramey, both professors and distinguished research scholars at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will give two seminars on how health and education disparities can contribute to poverty and class divide.