Research Team Briefs

  • Read Montague delivered talk sponsored by The Royal Society

    Read Montague delivered talk sponsored by The Royal Society.

  • Harald Sontheimer and Stefanie Robel publish review paper in Nature Neuroscience

    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’

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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