Brain disorders account for more suffering, cost, and long term care than all other disorders combined. In addition to the medical costs of diagnosis and treatment, the costs of long-term care for children and adults who suffer from brain disorders are dramatic. Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute address these challenges by advancing and applying neuro-technologies in efforts to understand how the brain develops, adapts to challenges and adverse situations including physical and social, learns, and remembers, makes choices, responds to disease and injury, repairs itself and remains healthy during normal aging. By taking a transdisciplinary approach to the mechanisms of neurobiology and cognition, VTCRI scientists strive to increase the world’s knowledge of the brain and accelerate therapeutic interventions for diseases such as addiction, ALS, Alzheimer’s, autism spectrum disorder, brain cancer, cerebral palsy, dementia, depression, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, spinal muscular atrophy, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injury.

Recent News


May 16, 2018

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

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 ...

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Feb. 1, 2018

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

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 ...

People with PTSD have an increased learning response to surprising events compared to people without PTSD, according to a new study led by Pearl Chiu, an associate professor.

Jan. 9, 2018

Scientists find heightened attention to surprise in veterans with PTSD

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 ...

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Call for Participation

Functional MRI Study of Traumatic Experiences Among Veterans

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is currently recruiting OEF/OIF veterans for research ...

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Do you use cocaine? Paid volunteers needed (VTCRI)

Volunteers at least 18 years of age are needed for a 2-visit decision-making research study involvi ...

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Behavioral economic demand of e-cigarettes as a function of flavor and nicotine absorption**

The purpose of this study is to help us learn more about the features of electronic cigarettes that ...

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