Stories for 2014

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.

Going viral: Targeting brain cancer cells with a wound-healing drug

Dec. 12, 2014

At the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, three scientists are planning to create a virus capable of destroying brain cancer. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it ...

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.

Do you know what your brain knows?

Nov. 17, 2014

Stephen LaConte is researching whether the brain can neurally recognize emotion as part of a larger research project to develop a facial emotion recognition assistant for people with an autism ...

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.

But first let me take a #steptowardrecovery

Sept. 29, 2014

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists are planning to use social media to help develop a new approach to addiction recovery, one that takes advantage of people’s instinct for social ...

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 ...

Virginia Tech welcomes first class of students in new, innovative doctoral program

Aug. 25, 2014

This week the charter class of the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health doctoral program will begin to learn how to become research pioneers. The doctoral program, the Virginia Tech Graduate ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Michael Friedlander delivers keynote address to college presidents

July 3, 2014

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, gave the keynote address at the opening of the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges ...

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