Stories for 2015

Governor's bond package includes expansion for the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Dec. 11, 2015

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week his plan to issue $2.43 billion in bonds that would support, among other capital improvements, significant expansion of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research ...

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.

Can 100 be the new average? Aging expert will discuss that prospect during the next public lecture

Dec. 1, 2015

Can we extend the average lifespan to a century? Marie Bernard, the deputy director of the National Institute on Aging will present new evidence to answer that question on December ...

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. ...

Virginia Tech Carilion receives Excellence in Virginia Government Award

Nov. 23, 2015

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute recently received one of seven Excellence in Virginia Government Awards given annually by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government ...

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.

Neuroscience experts bring “The Brain State” research to the public

Nov. 11, 2015

An alliance of researchers are endeavoring to make Virginia the hub of scientific efforts to understand and develop treatments for brain-related disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to addiction and brain ...

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.

Nobel Laureate to kick off Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s public lecture series

Nov. 2, 2015, updated Oct. 30, 2015

Modeling human disease, extending the average human lifespan to a century, unlocking clues to brain plasticity – these intriguing propositions signal the start of the sixth annual season of the ...

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 ...

Scientist receives research grant to study underpinnings of hard-to-treat, hereditary breast cancer

Aug. 27, 2015

Deborah Kelly, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently awarded a $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, a branch of the National Institutes ...

Second class joins the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program

Aug. 24, 2015

Seventeen students recently became the newest members of the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program. The doctoral program, the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s largest interdisciplinary program, launched last year.

Trainees get behind-the-scenes insights into scientific careers through mini-internships

Aug. 13, 2015

Virginia Tech’s Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training program—known as the BEST program—recently hosted a series of short, intensive internships at several biotechnology companies in Virginia and Maryland.

Virginia Tech Carilion partnership now celebrated both on and off court

Aug. 5, 2015

The floor at Virginia Tech’s Cassell Coliseum has been renamed the Virginia Tech Carilion Court in recognition of the partnership between Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic. Carilion was awarded naming ...

Harald Sontheimer to hold I. D. Wilson Chair in the College of Science

June 22, 2015

Harald Sontheimer, who joined Virginia Tech earlier this month to direct a university-wide neuroscience initiative, will hold the I. D. Wilson Chair in the College of Science. That appointment was ...

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.

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