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VTCRI research team identifies a potential strategy in fight against brain cancer

Sept. 11, 2018

Scientists with the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute say a gene involved in the body’s sleep cycle is a potential target for therapies to help patients with a deadly form ...

The heart: digital or analog? VTCRI researchers shed dramatic new light on disorders of heart bioelectricity

Aug. 26, 2018

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) have found evidence that may disrupt conventional understanding about how electrical activity travels in the heart — a discovery that potentially ...

VTCRI scientist earns third concurrent grant from the National Cancer Institute to study breast cancer

July 11, 2018

Deb Kelly, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was awarded $2.1 million by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study the protein that gives rise to ...

VTCRI professor to discuss artificial intelligence, psychology at international conference

July 6, 2018

The worlds of addiction research and artificial intelligence research are colliding for Warren Bickel, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

VTCRI scientist awarded $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the body’s immune memory response

June 21, 2018

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a $2 million, five-year grant to Ken Oestreich, an assistant professor at ...

VTCRI scientists and Carilion clinicians are first to identify the perinexus in the human heart; potential implications for atrial fibrillation

June 6, 2018

A collaborative research team is on a quest to collapse a tiny pocket between cardiac cells that can cause big problems. Called the perinexus, the structure spans only tenths of ...

VTCRI researcher, VTCSOM student team up to teach innovative treatment to Vietnamese therapists

May 30, 2018

A Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute faculty member and a Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine student are beginning their second week in Hue, Vietnam, training Vietnamese therapists in Pediatric ...

VTCRI researcher to deliver internationally renowned Dorcas Cummings Memorial Lecture

May 29, 2018

Read Montague will become the 41st person to present the annual Dorcas Cummings Memorial Lecture on June 2, 2018 at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Symposium on Quantitative Biology, Brains ...

VTCRI scientists identify novel cellular mechanism that can lead to cancer metastasis

May 22, 2018

Led by Assistant Professor James Smyth, a team of researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute used super resolution microscopy to gain insight into how an individual cancer cell ...

VTCRI leads effort to develop test for mTBI with industry partners, University of Virginia

May 16, 2018

Scientists at two of Virginia’s largest universities, working with clinicians from the two major health systems and a growing Virginia-based biotechnology company, have teamed up to address an important medical ...

First students earn degrees through innovative Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program

May 9, 2018

When NithyaPriya Ramalingam and Kevin Pridham don caps and gowns for Virginia Tech’s graduate school commencement Thursday, they are making history as the first two graduates of the Translational Biology, ...

Cartledge Charitable Foundation joins fight against breast cancer with gift to Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

May 1, 2018

The Cartledge Charitable Foundation Inc. has joined the fight against breast cancer with a $100,000 gift to the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Positioned in front of an electron microscope ...

Keep calm and carry on: VTCRI scientists make first serotonin measurements in humans

April 26, 2018

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have begun to unravel how serotonin acts, based on data collected in a first-of-its-kind experiment that utilized electrochemical probes implanted into the ...

VTCRI scientist awarded $2 million National Cancer Institute grant to study breast cancer

March 22, 2018

The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health has award Deborah Kelly, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, $2 million to study the mutated ...

VTCRI researchers join forces to improve life for children with genetic disorder

March 14, 2018

Accomplishments of three girls who received intensive therapy at the VTCRI Neuromotor Research Clinic based on innovative pediatric neurorehabilitation research have been documented in a report published in BMC Research ...

Scientists gain insight into the earliest changes that impair motor function during aging

March 9, 2018

A team of biomedical scientists led by Gregorio Valdez, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has found that the motor neurons responsible for controlling muscle movement ...

Researchers discover molecular mechanism of hereditary, tumor-causing disease

March 2, 2018

A team of scientists from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Vanderbilt University have explained how a genetic mutation gives rise to Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome, which causes tumors to ...

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists seek unfiltered truth about 'light' cigarettes

Feb. 27, 2018

Scientists from multiple institutions, including a group of addiction neuroscience researchers from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, are gathering evidence under funding from the National Institutes of Health's National ...

Leading clinician scientist on women’s and African-American cardiovascular health to speak at VTCRI today

Feb. 15, 2018

Elizabeth Ofili, the director of the Clinical Research Center and senior associate dean of clinical and translational research at the Morehouse School of Medicine, will speak at the Virginia Tech ...

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute partners with INSIGHTEC to research focused ultrasound technology

Feb. 1, 2018

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) are partnering with INSIGHTEC to develop noninvasive treatments for brain disorders using Exablate Neuro focused ultrasound and Siemens MR imaging. Through ...

Scientists identify new target for developing precision treatment in malignant brain tumors

Jan. 25, 2018

A Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute team has identified a new therapeutic target to treat glioblastoma, the most devastating and common form of brain cancer.

TBMH graduate students land elusive National Institutes of Health fellowships

Jan. 9, 2018

Two translational biology, medicine, and health (TBMH) graduate students at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have won National Institutes of Health research fellowships aimed at protecting people with heart ...

Scientists find heightened attention to surprise in veterans with PTSD

Jan. 9, 2018

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) have found that people with PTSD have an increased learning response to surprising events. While most everyone reacts to surprise, people ...

VTCRI summer undergraduate neuroscience research federally funded for five more years

Dec. 12, 2017

A summer pilot program for undergraduate neuroscience research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute proved so successful that National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, of the National Institutes ...

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute awarded a Virginia Catalyst grant to curtail opioid overdoses

Dec. 4, 2017

A Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute project focused on the opioid epidemic will receive $1 million in combined grant funding, according to a Dec. 4 announcement by the Virginia Biosciences ...

Scientists watch the CLOCK gene for potential epilepsy connections

Dec. 1, 2017

A new discovery by scientists has determined that the loss of a gene best known for its role in establishing circadian rhythms — the body’s innate cycles that include sleeping ...

Research reveals biological mechanism of a leading cause of childhood blindness

Nov. 16, 2017

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) have revealed the pathology of cells and structures stricken by optic nerve hypoplasia, a leading cause of childhood blindness in developed ...

Governor, Virginia Tech Carilion officials break ground on VTC Biomedical Research Expansion

Oct. 25, 2017

Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea (from left), Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology Michael Friedlander, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Carilion Clinic President and CEO Nancy Agee, ...

Eminent scholar in developmental neuroscience joins Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Oct. 16, 2017

Albert Pan moved his developmental neuroscience laboratory the VTCRI, where he serves as an associate professor as well as the Commonwealth Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) Eminent Research Scholar in ...

Scientists identify potential key to therapeutic treatments for autoimmune diseases

Sept. 20, 2017

A collaborative team of scientists led by Kenneth Oestreich, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has identified a novel combination of immune response factors involved in ...

Scientists decode breast cancer protein

Sept. 14, 2017

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have successfully determined the full architecture of the breast cancer susceptibility protein (BRCA1) for the first time. This three-dimensional information provides a ...

Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health doctoral student elected student council president for Microscopy Society of America

Sept. 12, 2017

Cameron Varano, a fourth-year doctoral student in Virginia Tech’s Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program, was recently voted president-elect of the Microscopy Society of America’s student council.

TBMH student visits China via NSF fellowship to explore neural processes of bat echolocation

July 28, 2017

Joseph Sutlive, a Virginia Tech doctoral student in the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health [TBMH] program, recently flew to Jinan with the support of a National Science Foundation East Asia ...

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute teams converge on strategies to defeat McCain’s form of brain cancer

July 26, 2017

Research teams at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute from three colleges — Engineering, Science, and Veterinary Medicine — are developing new approaches to treat glioblastoma, the aggressive form of ...

Graduate student at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute receives NIH fellowship to study risky behavior in teens

July 13, 2017

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), one of the National Institutes of Health, awarded Nina Lauharatanahirun a competitive F31 individual predoctoral National Research Service Award to investigate the neurobehavioral ...

Undergraduates will spend summer learning what it means to be biomedical research scientists in and out of the lab

June 12, 2017

VTCRI’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) are the latest addition to student research opportunities at the VTCRI, which include offerings for students of a variety of ages and experience, from ...

Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors rises at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

May 9, 2017

A new research center to understand and tackle the threat of lifestyle diseases — medical conditions such as obesity that are caused or aggravated by a person’s own behavior — ...

Howard Hughes Medical Institute research award a first for Virginia Tech Carilion

April 25, 2017

Oscar Alcoreza, a Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine student about to complete his second year, has been awarded a highly competitive Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) fellowship to devote ...

Early career scientist receives international recognition from the Microscopy Society of America

April 24, 2017

Rengasayee “Sai” Veeraraghavan, a research assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, became the sixth person in the world to receive the George Palade Award from the Microscopy ...

Early childhood education study participants, now in their 40s, more likely to have closer relationship with parents, be fully employed, have more assets

April 6, 2017

Children who are given high-quality education at an early age – starting at six weeks old and continuing through their first five years of life – are more likely to ...

Researchers find that brain imagery shows difference between knowing or reckless behavior in criminal acts

March 22, 2017

Researchers, including computational neuroscientist Read Montague of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, have discovered that brain imaging can determine whether someone is acting in a state of knowledge about ...

Resveratrol protects neuromuscular synapses, muscle fibers in aging mice

March 7, 2017

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have discovered that resveratrol, a compound in the skin of red grapes and red wine, and metformin, a drug often prescribed to fight type ...

Virginia Tech Foundation, Carilion Clinic form new VTC Innovation Fund

Feb. 28, 2017

The Virginia Tech Foundation and Carilion Clinic announced the formation of a $15 million VTC Innovation Fund focused on investing in life sciences and disruptive technology opportunities.

Researchers discover how breast cancer mutation in BRCA1 causes protein to self-destruct

Feb. 28, 2017

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute found that breast cancer cells can trigger the self-destruction of the tumor-suppressing BRCA1 proteins. They published their results in Scientific Reports, a ...

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute to host Brain Awareness Week

Feb. 16, 2017

Scientists will reveal more about what they have learned about the brain’s developmental journey when the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute opens its doors for its fifth annual Brain School ...

Heart rhythm research expert spoke Thursday at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Jan. 24, 2017

Peter J. Mohler, director of the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, will discuss newly discovered biological pathways underlying heart ...

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute awards $2.1 million to VTCRI scientist

Jan. 10, 2017

Steven Poelzing, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has received a $2.1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes ...

Witnessing fear can physically change the brain, say Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists

Jan. 4, 2017

Observing fear in others may change how information flows in the brain. The finding in a rodent model may have bearing on people who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists develop new technology to assess nerve regeneration

Dec. 19, 2016

Numbness, tingling, and discomfort from peripheral nerve damage are facts of life for millions of Americans. Now, investigators have described a way for scientists to directly examine how damaged nerves ...

UVA, Virginia Tech Carilion partner to fund leading-edge, cross-university neuroscience

Dec. 12, 2016

The University of Virginia-Virginia Tech Carilion Neuroscience Research Collaboration today announced more than a half million dollars in grant funding will be awarded to nine research teams to tackle pressing ...

Protective molecules sidelined in models of Lou Gehrig's disease

Nov. 22, 2016

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have identified a naturally occurring molecule that has the potential for preserving sites of communication between nerves and muscles in amyotrophic lateral ...

Microcephaly secrets waiting to be discovered in genome, VTCRI researchers say

Nov. 16, 2016

Families whose children are born with microcephaly are desperate for answers, said Konark Mukherjee, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, who leads perhaps the only research ...

Michael Friedlander to discuss doctoral training initiatives at Society for Neuroscience conference

Oct. 30, 2016

Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D., Virginia Tech’s vice president for health sciences and technology, will highlight neuroscience doctorate training at this year’s Society for Neuroscience annual conference on Nov. 12 in ...

Researchers set sights on ways to preserve brain health at Conference for Glial Biology in Medicine

Oct. 13, 2016

Scientists will focus on ways to preserve the health of glial cells during the 5th International Conference of Glial Biology in Medicine, hosted by the Center for Glial Biology in ...

Beliefs about nicotine influence cigarette craving

Sept. 13, 2016

The relief of a craving may depend more on the belief of satisfaction than actual relief, according to scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the Center for ...

Income, education gaps influence breastfeeding, but policy and family history are factors too

July 18, 2016

A national research collaboration funded by the National Institutes of Health has found significant racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding outcomes, according to a study published online in Pediatrics.

Heart disease: Are there answers in the scars?

June 24, 2016

An international team of researchers recently published a review paper summarizing the potential therapeutic promise of targeting the non-muscle cells in the heart responsible for cardiac scarring in Nature Reviews ...

New journal launched for up-and-coming field of computational psychiatry

June 23, 2016

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute are teaming up with neuroscientists the world over to address a gap in cognitive neuroscience with the new journal, Computational Psychiatry.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists are first to visualize breast cancer protein in precise detail

June 16, 2016

A team of scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute developed a novel technique to provide the first three-dimensional view of a protein that can cause breast cancer.

Scientists at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute take part in $15 million research project to study cigarettes and vaporized nicotine

June 13, 2016

The National Cancer Institute awarded $15 million to a consortium of 10 academic institutions in four countries to assess the likely impact of current and potential future policies regulating tobacco ...

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists find molecular clue in development of schizophrenia

June 6, 2016

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have found that a small protein fragment significantly contributes to the brain’s healthy wiring. They also found that the disruption of the ...

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute team begins to bridge gap between intellectual disability and molecular function

May 24, 2016

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute discovered how mutations of a gene called CASK may cause genetic disorders such as microcephaly and postnatal intellectual disabilities.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute high school student competes at International Science and Engineering Fair

May 10, 2016

High school student Alexus McBride is competing at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with a project completed at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s Addiction Recovery Research Center.

Women with impaired stress hormone before pregnancy have lower-birthweight babies

March 18, 2016

Before women even become pregnant, their biological profile may predict a lower-birthweight baby, a collaborative research team reports.

Scientists find brain plasticity assorted into functional networks

Feb. 4, 2016

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have made a key finding of the striking differences in how the brain’s cells can change through experience. Their results were published ...

Scientists find new evidence of immune system plasticity

Jan. 8, 2016

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have found a potential way to influence long-term memory formation in the immune system. The researchers published their results this week in ...

Scientists: Parasite may alter signaling in the brain

Dec. 2, 2015

Scientists from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the University at Buffalo found that the parasite-induced infection alters neural pathways specifically related to the neurotransmitter gamma-Aminobutyric acid, better known ...

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists take first-of-kind dopamine readings in humans

Dec. 1, 2015

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have reported measurements of dopamine release with unprecedented temporal precision in the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists gain insight into cause of Alzheimer’s symptoms

Nov. 23, 2015

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have uncovered a mechanism in the brain that could account for some of the neural degeneration and memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s disease. ...

Researchers find way to make resistant brain cancer cells sensitive to treatment

Nov. 16, 2015

Scientists from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and clinicians from Carilion Clinic have discovered how to sensitize drug-resistant human glioblastoma cells to chemotherapy.

Scientists awarded $2.4 million to research potential behavioral treatment in prediabetic individuals

Nov. 5, 2015

Warren Bickel, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received a $2.4 million grant to investigate and improve maladaptive decision-making that may contribute to Type 2 diabetes.

Scientists find a small tweak could make a big difference in immune cells

Oct. 27, 2015

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have discovered even a small shift in environmental factors can change how a cell in the immune system matures.

Scientists unexpectedly find ALS affects sensory neurons involved in movement

Oct. 12, 2015

Researchers discover neurons affected by ALS that could help speed the identification and testing of therapeutics.

Scientists develop new toolkit to examine molecular mechanisms of human disease

Sept. 29, 2015

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist Deborah Kelly and her research team developed a tunable microchip to view activity inside a human breast cancer cell for the first time.

‘Brainbow’ reveals surprising data about visual connections in brain

Aug. 31, 2015

Neuroscientists know that some connections in the brain are pruned through neural development. Function gives rise to structure, according to the textbooks. But scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research ...

Personalized saline may provide solution to heart death

May 29, 2015

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists find that saline solution composition can affect cardiac pacing.

Brain scanning reveals that birds of a feather really do flock together

May 18, 2015

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging to find that our inherent risk-taking preferences affect how we view and act on information from other people. The ...

Blood and power: How to prevent a heart from dying

May 15, 2015

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists solve decades-old controversy about the composition of saline solution and how it affects cardiac pacing.

Research team heads to Antarctic to get icy insight into how brain adapts to temperature change

May 14, 2015

A team of international researchers, including Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists, is in Antarctica to find out, for the first time, how rising temperatures affect the brains and hearts ...

Institute scientists visualize potential brain cancer treatments in real time

April 9, 2015

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have developed new imaging techniques to watch dangerous brain tumor cells respond to treatment in real time.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists discover beliefs can be just as powerful as nicotine

Feb. 26, 2015

Two identical cigarettes led to a discovery by scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Study participants inhaled nicotine, yet they showed significantly different brain activity. Why the difference? ...

Michael Friedlander’s research continues to be lauded 40 years later

Feb. 18, 2015

The field of neuroscience was still in its infancy when Michael Friedlander and his colleagues brainstormed a new experimental approach to examine how temperature change affects the entirety of a ...

Warren Bickel elected to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research

Jan. 26, 2015

The Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research recently recognized Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist Warren Bickel and his work by selecting him as a fellow. The organization, founded in 1978 ...

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists developing speedy test for autism spectrum disorder

Jan. 15, 2015

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have developed a brain-imaging technique that may be able to identify children with autism spectrum disorder in just two minutes.

Mind over marshmallows: Scientists find that self-motivators use less brain energy

Dec. 16, 2014

Scientists find that intrinsically-motivated individuals use less brain energy than people motivated by external factors.

Scientist physicians have a key role to play in modern medicine

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 American Medical Colleges.

Liberal or conservative? Brain responses to disgusting images help reveal political leanings

Oct. 29, 2014

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists find that biology influences political ideology.

Challenge accepted: Ice bucket edition

Sept. 19, 2014

One, two, three! A collective shriek signaled the successful completion of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Ice Bucket Challenge. It was the second challenge of four, followed by students ...

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute launches upcoming season of three seminar series

Sept. 10, 2014

The complete schedules for the Distinguished Scholars Series, the Frontiers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series, and the Timothy A. Johnson Medical Scholar Series can be found on the institute’s website.

Cell ‘memory’ could be key to strengthen vaccine efficacy

Sept. 8, 2014

A team of scientists from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the University of Alabama at Birmingham say that the immunology boot camp is more communication-intensive than initially thought ...

The price of honesty

Sept. 2, 2014

A team of scientists from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the University of California at Berkeley used advanced imaging techniques to study how the brain makes choices about ...

Small rewards might lead to big results in alcohol abstinence

Aug. 25, 2014

Mikhail Koffarnus, a research assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received a National Institutes of Health grant for nearly half a million dollars to devise a ...

Seeing trees for the forest: Scientists find new aspects to visual system development

Aug. 19, 2014

It’s not the destination that matters; it’s the journey – except when it comes to the brain. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have found that the cells reaching from ...

Treating addiction with technology

Aug. 19, 2014

Warren Bickel, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and his team developed a computerized treatment program aimed at helping people become fluent in the language of recovery.

Scientists, including students, find new aspects to visual system development

Aug. 19, 2014

A recently published Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute study came with a twist not often found in scientific papers. One of the first authors, who just completed her freshman year ...

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute announces medical research scholar awards

Aug. 8, 2014

Six doctoral students conducting research in laboratories at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute were recently named as medical research scholars. They will each receive a fellowship to support their ...

First clinical trial for novel skin wound-healing compound is a success

July 31, 2014

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist Robert Gourdie developed a wound-healing peptide while researching how electrical signals trigger heartbeats. He never imagined that the peptide, ACT1, would prove to heal ...

Fralin Fellows investigate origin of Lou Gehrig's disease

July 30, 2014

Gregorio Valdez, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, brought on two undergraduate students – Zachary Kemp of Roanoke, Virginia, and Austin Tatum of Oak Ridge, Tennessee ...

High-earning investors have neural signals that successfully predict stock market bubbles and crashes

July 7, 2014

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? It may be that, when it comes to stock market success, your brain is heeding the wrong neural signals. Scientists at the ...

Researchers to study mechanisms of hard-to-solve, hereditary breast cancer to find treatment options

July 2, 2014

Deborah Kelly and Zhi Sheng, assistant professors at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, were recently named recipients of a grant from the Commonwealth Health Research Board. This board funds ...

Graduate student working in Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute laboratory selected to attend Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences

June 27, 2014

Nina Lauharatanahirun, a Virginia Tech doctoral student in psychology who is doing her research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently selected to attend the Lindau Meeting on ...

A time to heal, abbreviated

June 13, 2014

Robert Gourdie, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, thought it might be too good to be true. The tissue samples were healing, and they were healing quickly. ...

Deeper than ancestry.com, 'EvoCor' identifies gene relationships

June 2, 2014

Gregorio Valdez, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and his team designed a search engine – called EvoCor – that identifies genes that are functionally linked. ...

Risky business: Scientists seek to identify predictors of risky behaviors among teenagers

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.

Governor lauds Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s biomedical research programs

April 11, 2014

Speaking at a national conference, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said that the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is “driving Virginia to fast becoming a world leader in brain research.”

Insights into a viral nanomachine

April 7, 2014

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute are using new nanoscale imaging approaches to shed light on the dynamic activities of rotaviruses, important pathogens that cause life-threatening diarrhea in ...

Addicts who live in the moment may get most benefit from certain kinds of treatment

March 26, 2014

An analysis across addictions and across treatments suggests that a simple cognitive test may be able to predict a treatment’s success for individuals struggling with addiction, according to a study ...

Ultrasound directed to the human brain can boost sensory performance

Jan. 12, 2014

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have demonstrated that ultrasound directed to a specific region of the brain can boost performance in sensory discrimination. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, ...

Growth factors could be key to warding off symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and aging

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 ...

Research into understanding alcohol dependence receives a major boost

Dec. 3, 2013

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has received a five-year, $2.8-million grant to study interventions aimed at enhancing self-control among problem drinkers.

Researchers discover how retinal neurons claim the best brain connections

Nov. 6, 2013

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the University of Louisville have discovered that during neurodevelopment, neurons from the brain’s cerebral cortex extend axons to the edge of ...

Researchers discover first evidence to support controversial theory of 'buckyball' formation

Sept. 16, 2013

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have reported the first experimental evidence that supports the theory that a soccer ball-shaped nanoparticle, commonly called a buckyball, is the result ...

Covert operations: Your brain digitally remastered for clarity of thought

Sept. 13, 2013

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have found that neurofeedback can enhance the signal-to-noise ratio in thought, enabling a sharper focus on tasks—and a better understanding of brain-computer interfaces.

New, surprising roles indicated for critical neurodevelopmental agents

Sept. 6, 2013

A Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute study indicates new, surprising roles for critical neurodevelopmental agents.

Smoking abstinence research receives major financial boost

July 26, 2013

Warren Bickel, an internationally recognized addiction expert at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently awarded a $3.2-million grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse for research on ...

Psychiatric disorders linked to a protein involved in the formation of long-term memories

May 20, 2013

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists discover a protein that regulates synaptic ion channels that have been tied to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Turning Alzheimer’s fuzzy analog signals into high definition

May 13, 2013

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have discovered how the predominant class of Alzheimer’s pharmaceuticals might sharpen the brain’s performance.

Scientists image nanoparticles in action

April 25, 2013

Thanks to a technique developed at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, scientists can observe the actions of the smallest tools made by humans - gold nanoparticles - in a ...

Konark Mukherjee’s work on CASK garners attention in recent Science article

April 15, 2013

Experimental results obtained in the laboratory of Konark Mukherjee, an assistant professor at VTC Research Institute, were recently mentioned in the journal Science.

The subtle hallmarks of psychiatric illness can reveal themselves even remotely

April 9, 2013

Most people are so attuned to the nuances of social interaction that they can detect clues to mental illness while playing a strategy game with someone they have never met.

Konark Mukherjee presents evidence that molecules believed to be benign have an active, important role in neurogenesis

April 8, 2013

Konark Mukherjee presents evidence that molecules believed to be benign have an active, important role in neurogenesis.

Kirk and Spock joined at the hip: the feeling of computing

Feb. 15, 2013

Kirk and Spock may not need a Vulcan mind meld to share cognition: Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have found that our cold reasoning and hot feelings may be ...

A nanoscale window to the biological world

Dec. 20, 2012

Investigators at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have invented a way to directly image biological structures at their most fundamental level and in their natural habitats. The technique is ...

Fingers on the pulse: Neuroscientists prove ultrasound can be tweaked to stimulate different sensations

Dec. 6, 2012

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists found that ultrasound applied to the periphery, such as the fingertips, can stimulate different sensory pathways leading to the brain. Their discovery carries implications ...

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.

Suspicion resides in two regions of the brain

May 16, 2012

Our suspicious minds have two distinct areas of activity: the amygdala, which correlates strongly with a baseline distrustfulness, and the parahippocampal gyrus, which acts like a cerebral lie detector.

New technology allows scientists to watch cancer cells in action at unprecedented resolution

Feb. 1, 2012

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have developed a novel technology platform to peer closely into the world of cells and molecules within a native, liquid environment.

Group settings can diminish expressions of intelligence, especially among women

Jan. 22, 2012

Research led by scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute found that small-group dynamics -- such as jury deliberations, collective bargaining sessions, and cocktail parties -- can alter the ...

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 ...

A molecule that can recognize viruses and tumors also boosts learning and memory

Dec. 22, 2011

A molecule that can sense viruses and tumors in the body has another, surprising function in the brain—to enable the biological imprint of experiences during the learning process.

Brain imaging research reveals that physicians learn more by paying attention to failure

Nov. 23, 2011

Research led by Read Montague, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and the Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, reinforces the age-old idea that it’s important ...

Dopamine release in the human brain tracked in milliseconds reveals decision-making

Oct. 27, 2011

A research team led by investigators at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has demonstrated the first rapid measurements of dopamine release in a human brain and provided preliminary evidence ...

Science magazine cites the work of a VTCRI scholar in a report on the science of education

Oct. 3, 2011

Research that Craig Ramey launched in 1972 has shown that the effects of early education can persist for decades.

Neuroscientists produce a guide for using ultrasound to treat brain disorders in clinical emergencies

Sept. 14, 2011

The discovery that low-intensity, pulsed ultrasound can be used to noninvasively stimulate intact brain circuits holds promise for engineering rapid-response medical devices.

Cocaine addicts prefer money in hand to snowy future

Aug. 15, 2011

When a research team asked cocaine addicts to choose, hypothetically, between money now or cocaine of greater value later, "preference was almost exclusively for the money now," said Warren K., ...

Addiction researcher optimistic about new smoking warnings

June 23, 2011

By presenting the concrete reality of what will happen as a result of smoking, the new anti-smoking warnings that will show up on packs of cigarettes next year have a ...

Expertise provides buffer against bias in making judgments

June 7, 2011

Gratuities, gifts, free samples, and favors can all influence judgment and decision-making. When people are influenced in their choice of cereal, the result is a bit of income for the ...

Functional MRI shows how mindfulness meditation changes decision-making process

April 21, 2011

If a friend or relative won $100 and then offered you a few dollars, would you accept this windfall?

Brain scientists offer medical educators tips on the neurobiology of learning

March 31, 2011

Everyone would like MDs to have the best education – and to absorb what they are taught. The lead article in the April 4 issue of the journal Academic Medicine ...

Ramey study on early childhood education cited in USA Today editorial

Jan. 24, 2011

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) Professor and Distinguished VTC Research Scholar Craig Ramey's long-term study of at-risk children was referenced in a USA Today editorial about the US educational ...

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Pulse of the Planet

Jan. 16, 2014 12:21 p.m.

Dr. Read Montague talks with Jim Metzner on [Pulse of the Planet](http://www.pulseplanet.com/) about aspects of his research; including topics about the power of branding and mental disorders.

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Photos: Antarctica Expedition

April 24, 2015 midnight

These photos portray Iskander Ismailov, a research assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Jordan Scharping, a medical student at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, ...

Photo Gallery: Study on Adolescent Risk Taking

May 5, 2014 5:52 p.m.

Adolescent risk taking study.

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Improving Care for Breast Cancer Patients Through Research

June 11, 2018 12:30 p.m.

Robert Gourdie, Ph.D., director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine Research, and Kurtis Moyer, M.D., Carilion Clinic’s chief of reconstructive and plastic surgery, ...

VTCRI researchers join forces to fight genetic disease

March 14, 2018 3:13 p.m.

The accomplishments of three girls who received intensive therapy at the VTCRI Neuromotor Research Clinic based on innovative pediatric neurorehabilitation research at the VTCRI have been documented in a report ...

By David Hungate

Selective Vulnerability of Excitatory Neurons to Tau Pathology in Alzheimer’s Disease

Nov. 27, 2017 9:55 a.m.

Hongjun Fu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain Columbia University Medical Center

By Gerry Martin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lyqcw8CFXHg

March 22, 2017 4:13 p.m.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute study: Brain imaging shows difference between knowing and reckless behavior.

By David Hungate

Microcephaly secrets

Nov. 16, 2016 2:33 p.m.

Families whose children are born with microcephaly are desperate for answers, said Konark Mukherjee, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Mukherjee leads perhaps the only research ...

By David Hungate

Integrating Actin and Adhesion Dynamics in Cell Migration

March 7, 2016 2:02 p.m.

Integrating Actin and Adhesion Dynamics in Cell Migration

Advances in Fetal and Neonatal Neuroimaging

Nov. 13, 2015 12:24 p.m.

WhenNovember 13, 2015, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. WhoP. Ellen Grant, MD, MSc Associate Professor of Radiology Harvard Medical School Founding Director, Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center Boston Children’s ...

Gene Targeting into the 21st Century: Modeling Human Disease from Cancer to Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Nov. 11, 2015 3:01 p.m.

Gene Targeting into the 21st Century: Modeling Human Disease from Cancer to Neuropsychiatric Disorders November 12, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mario Capecchi, PhD Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology ...

Did Free Radicals Kill Lou Gehrig? Insights into the Complex Role of Peroxynitrite in Disease

Oct. 30, 2015 9:47 a.m.

Mutations to the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) were discovered 20 years ago to cause ALS, but its role remains enigmatic. New insights reveal that ALS-causing mutations frustrate metal binding ...

Penguins swim in Antarctica

July 7, 2015 midnight

A Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist and a Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine student recently returned from collecting data on icefishes in Antarctica. They brought back this video ...

What the Fly’s Nose Tells the Fly’s Brain

May 28, 2015 8:55 a.m.

May 28, 2015, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Charles F. Stevens, MD, PhD, Vincent J. Coates Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California Virginia Tech Carilion ...

Fear and Fear-Related Disorders: From Pavlov to PTSD

May 21, 2015 9:28 a.m.

May 21, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, Professor, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Member, Institute of ...

Dysregulation of Ion Channels in Various Disease Processes

May 13, 2015 9:20 a.m.

May 15, 2015, 11 a.m. to noon Geoffrey Pitt, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Neurobiology, Pharmacology, and Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Virginia Tech Carilion Research ...

Novel Roles for Immune Molecules in Brain Development and Disease

May 7, 2015 9:31 a.m.

May 8, 2015, 11 a.m. to noon A. Kimberley McAllister, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences, University of California Davis, Davis, California ...

Research Focus Video

April 24, 2015 midnight

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, also serves as senior dean for research at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The school has a ...

Marijuana Intoxication, Withdrawal and Relapse: Human Laboratory Studies

April 17, 2015 9:59 a.m.

April 17, 2015, 11 a.m. to noon Margaret Haney, PhD, Professor of Clinical Neurobiology in Psychiatry, Associate Director of the Substance Use Research Center, Columbia University Medical Center, Director of ...

Neuromodulation of the Sensorimotor Network in Parkinson’s Disease: A Therapy and an Investigative Tool

April 3, 2015 8:57 a.m.

April 3, 2015, 1 p.m. Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, John E. Cahill Family Professor of Neurology, Director, Stanford Movement Disorders Center, Division Chief, Movement Disorders, Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, ...

Nucleotide Repeat Expansions: Inflammation, Neurodegeneration, and the Role of MicroRNA in Pathogenesis

March 20, 2015 10:37 a.m.

Scheduled for Mar 20, 2015 Nucleotide Repeat Expansions: Inflammation, Neurodegeneration, and the Role of MicroRNA in Pathogenesis March 20, 2015, 1 p.m. Erin Pennock Foff, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department ...

Infectious Causes of Heart Failure: Viral Myocarditis

March 19, 2015 3:21 p.m.

When March 19, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Who Kirk Knowlton, MD, Chief, Division of Cardiology, Edith and William M. Perlman Chair in Clinical Cardiology, University of California San ...

Determinants of Drug Preference in Humans

March 3, 2015 9:40 a.m.

Determinants of Drug Preference in Humans March 6, 2015, 11 a.m. to noon Harriet de Wit, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Behaviorial Neuroscience, and Biological Science, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois ...

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists discover beliefs can be just as powerful as nicotine

Feb. 24, 2015 12:12 p.m.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have discovered that beliefs can regulate the effects of nicotine on the human brain.

Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease: New Insights Reveal Provocative Complexities

Feb. 20, 2015 12:12 p.m.

February 20, 2015, 1 p.m. Lisa Guay-Woodford, MD, Hudson Professor of Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center, Associate Vice-President for Clinical and Translational Research, George Washington University, Director, Clinical and Translational ...

Hepatopulmonary Syndrome: Bedside to Bench and Back Again

Feb. 6, 2015 10:24 a.m.

February 6, 2015, 1 p.m. Michael Fallon, MD, Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, M106 2 ...

Poverty, Biology, and Health: Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

Jan. 26, 2015 3:47 p.m.

Poverty, Biology, and Health: Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Thursday, January 22, 3:30 p.m. Fralin Life Science Institute Auditorium Drs. Sharon and Craig Ramey will present recent findings from their ...

The Civil Rights of Health, Education, and Biology: MLK’s Enduring Legacy

Jan. 26, 2015 3:42 p.m.

The Civil Rights of Health, Education, and Biology: MLK’s Enduring Legacy Friday, January 23, 12:20 p.m. Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Auditorium Why is eliminating health and educational disparities a crucial goal ...

Scientists developing speedy test for autism spectrum disorder

Jan. 15, 2015 midnight

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have developed a brain-imaging technique that may be able to identify children with autism spectrum disorder in just two minutes. This test, while far ...

By Jarrad Henderson

Linking Discoveries in Developmental Biology to 3-Dimensional Printing of New Tissues and Micro-Organs

Jan. 8, 2015 3:14 p.m.

January 8, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Roger R. Markwald, PhD, Distinguished University Professor Chair, Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, Director, Cardiovascular Developmental Biology Center, Medical University ...

Imaging Mammalian Heart and Vessel Development: Insights into Vascular Remodeling and Congenital Heart Disease

Dec. 10, 2014 10:12 a.m.

Dr. Dickinson's seminar will describe insights derived from the use of optical imaging and microscopy to study the early function of the mouse heart, mechanical forces needed to promote outward ...

Unraveling the Pathogenesis of Respiratory and Enteric Viruses in Normal and High-Risk Populations

Dec. 5, 2014 6:59 a.m.

December 5, 2014, 11 a.m. to noon Stacey Schultz-Cherry, PhD, Faculty Member and Associate, St. Jude's Children's Hospital; Deputy Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Studies of the Ecology ...

Influenza Virus Host Tropism

Nov. 13, 2014 10:22 a.m.

Dr. Garcia-Sastre will discuss the ability of specific animal influenza viruses to infect humans and the concerns about pandemic potential. His laboratory is studying the determinants associated with increased human ...

Deciphering the Mechanisms of Actin Filament Architecture in Striated Muscle

Nov. 13, 2014 10:02 a.m.

Striated muscle cells contain arrays of protein filaments assembled into contractile units that are nearly crystalline in structure. Since efficient contraction is predicated upon accurate overlap of thin and thick ...

Immunological Mechanisms of Allergic Diseases and Asthma

Oct. 24, 2014 8:17 a.m.

In his seminar, Dr. Kita will provide an overview regarding hypersensitivity responses and immunological mechanisms of various allergic diseases, including bronchial asthma. Dr. Kita will discuss recent advances in the ...

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

Sept. 19, 2014 5:23 p.m.

Gregorio Valdez an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, studies the molecular mechanisms of neurological diseases, such as ALS. He took the Ice Bucket Challenge, along with ...

Clinical Genomics = Personal Genomes + Clan Genomics

Sept. 19, 2014 9:51 a.m.

Following the “finished” euchromatic, haploid human reference genome sequence, clinical implementation of genome-wide assays for genomic disorder associated copy number variants (CNVs) has demonstrated the tremendous utility of capturing rare, ...

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students took the Ice Bucket Challenge

Sept. 19, 2014 midnight

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students took the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of the ALS research in Gregorio Valdez’s laboratory at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine deans take Ice Bucket Challenge

Sept. 19, 2014 midnight

The deans of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine took the Ice Bucket Challenge after the medical students challenged them.

Retina Terminal 3-D Reconstruction

Aug. 19, 2014 midnight

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists reconstructed 3-D models of retina terminals, like the one above, to see how they form differently, depending on their location in the brain.

By Michael Fox's Laboratory

Cancer and Aging

June 3, 2014 8:23 a.m.

Dr. DePinho will discuss recent discoveries that have led to better methods of early cancer detection, improved cancer patient care, and new cancer drugs. Such discoveries can come from a ...

What Makes the Human Brain Human

May 2, 2014 9:01 a.m.

Dr. Sejnowski will discuss the progress that has been made in elucidating the structure, function, and connectivity of cellular circuits in the nervous system and how such large-scale information is ...

Terence S. Dermody, M.D., How Viruses Infect the Brain

April 11, 2014 1:17 p.m.

Many pathogenic viruses can spread throughout the body to cause disease. However, the mechanisms that guide viruses from the site of primary infection to sites of secondary infection in various ...

Charting Our Future Together: Envisioning a Diverse, Adaptive, and Networked Biomedical Science Ecosystem

April 4, 2014 8:54 a.m.

As director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health, Gary Gibbons, MD, oversees the third largest Institute with an annual budget of ...

Mapping Depression Circuits: Foundation for New Treatment Strategies Using Deep Brain Stimulation

April 2, 2014 4:13 p.m.

Brain School seminar Critical to the development of deep brain stimulation as a novel therapy for patients with treatment-resistant depression has been the further characterization of brain systems mediating normal ...

How Social Relationships Help Build (and Rehabilitate) Our Brains

March 31, 2014 7:38 a.m.

[Brain School seminar] Our brains are hard wired to respond to other people. In this seminar, Dr. Sharon Ramey will explore how social relationships not only help build our brains, ...

The Biological Basis of How We Learn, Remember, and Use Information

March 28, 2014 4:23 p.m.

Brain School seminar Michael Friedlander, PhD, Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Associate Professor for Health Sciences, Virginia Tech How do we learn, remember, and act on information? ...

Brain Assembly: Making the Right Connections Through Genes and Experience [Brain School seminar]

March 28, 2014 2:20 p.m.

Michael Fox, PhD, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute All of our behaviors, emotions, and memories arise from specialized circuits between neurons in the brain. During our development, these ...

Your Brain on Art

March 28, 2014 2:12 p.m.

Brain Awareness Week, Mini Medical School Ann Harvey, PhD, Research Scientist, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Has Mona Lisa been messing with your mind? Learn the secrets of her head ...

Innovations in Stroke Neurorehabilitation

Feb. 21, 2014 8:17 a.m.

Services for rehabilitation following stroke are experiencing a profound regression, necessitating the interface of new technologies, knowledge of plasticity within the nervous system, and cost-effective treatments as they are gradually ...

What Is the BRAIN Initiative and What Will It Teach Us About Ourselves?

Feb. 20, 2014 6:34 p.m.

A revolution is brewing in neuroscience. We are on the threshold of understanding how the electrical and chemical activities of huge ensembles of nerve cells account for our thoughts, decisions, ...

DNA Methylation and Chromatin Architecture: The Nuts and Bolts of Gene Regulation

Jan. 31, 2014 10:42 a.m.

All cells in a metazoan organism have the same blueprint in the form of genomic DNA sequence. The elaboration of cell-type-specific gene expression programs utilizes additional information in the form ...

Autism: New Mutations, Genes, and Pathways

Nov. 19, 2013 2:38 p.m.

In this lecture, Evan Eichler, PhD, will summarize his laboratory’s recent finding regarding the discovery of rare, large copy number variants (CNVs) and their contribution to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ...

Changing Fear

April 19, 2013 8:09 a.m.

Animal models of fear learning provide a basis for understanding human fears. In her lecture, Dr. Phelps will explore how the neural mechanisms identified in animal models are consistent with ...

New Imaging Approaches for Cardiac Structure and Function

April 17, 2013 3:33 p.m.

Dr. Kohl’s research focuses on cardiac mechano-electric interactions. He will present novel imaging approaches, developed by his team and collaborators, to explore the crosstalk between these functions and myocardial structure. ...

Understanding Biological Systems: Mission Impossible?

April 17, 2013 1:45 p.m.

What is systems biology? How does it differ from biomedical studies of the building blocks of human life, such as the human genome? And why do we need it? Part ...

Nanoparticles in Action

April 11, 2013 1:53 p.m.

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have imaged, for the first time, nanoparticles in action in a liquid environment.