Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute study children's health from the womb through adolescence.
Some scientists are examining the role of early education on children’s development, for example, while others study childhood illnesses, including a virus that kills half a million children a year.
Teams of institute scientists are working to understand neurological development in health and disease, such as autism spectrum disorders. Still others have discovered a way to encourage neuroplasticity in children with cerebral palsy through an innovative therapy that rewires the brain.
The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s rehabilitation research programs are directed at empowering the brain, body, and mind to perform at the highest levels, even when confronted with the challenges of disease, injury, or missed opportunities.
The scientific foundations of the Institute’s rehabilitation research programs build on and extend our understanding of the capacity for cells, tissues, organs, and individuals to repair, regenerate, and functionally reorganize.
The highly interdisciplinary teams that conduct this research include molecular biologists, biomedical engineers, computer scientists, geneticists, behavioral scientists, neurobiologists, mathematicians, social scientists, and physicians.
The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute pursues a range of programs and projects aimed at understanding the decision-making processes that support addiction and other dysfunctional behaviors.
People who are addicted to stimulants tend to choose instant gratification or a smaller but sooner reward over a future benefit, even if the future reward is greater. Reduced value of a future reward, called “delay discounting” by neuroscientists, is the major challenge for the treatment of addiction – and the major focus of the institute’s Addiction Recovery Research Center.