Research Team Briefs for April 2013

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

April 22, 2013

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

Michael Friedlander delivered a grand rounds on the neuroscience of effective learning

April 16, 2013

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, delivered a grand rounds presentation on the neuroscience of effective learning to faculty, residents, and medical students in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas San Antonio Health Sciences Center on April 16.

Michael Fox presented on collagen mutations that may contribute to autism

April 16, 2013

Michael Fox, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently gave a talk at a meeting of the Virginia Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society. His lecture, “The Neurochemical Basis of Autism and Novel Mechanisms Underlying Synapse Formation,” focused on genetic mutations that are linked to autism spectrum disorders and that affect the formation of synapses in the mammalian brain.

Gourdie speaks to Carilion audience on translational research

April 16, 2013

Robert Gourdie, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, delivered a lecture at the sixth annual Carilion Clinic Research Day on April 25. The conference was intended to highlight translational research, one of Carilion Clinic’s continuing focal points. Gourdie was a logical choice to speak at the event, as his research into novel wound healing drugs was spun off into a startup company, FirstString Research Inc.

Valdez collaboration to search for genetic causes of epilepsy

April 13, 2013

Gregorio Valdez, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has been awarded a grant in collaboration with Judy Shih-Hwa Liu of the Children’s National Medical Center to search for molecular mechanisms that could prevent the initiation or progression of epileptic seizures.

Fox collaboration aims to understand retinal neuronal targeting

April 13, 2013

Michael Fox, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has been awarded a grant in collaboration with Jason Triplett of the Children’s National Medical Center to investigate how neurons in the brain develop precise connections within a network.

Read Montague to deliver the annual Mike McKay Lecture on the Mind

April 10, 2013

Read Montague, director of the Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will deliver Randolph-Macon College’s Annual Mike McKay Lecture on the Mind on April 11. His presentation, “Can We Phenotype Thought? Modern Neuroimaging and the Effort to Connect Mind to Brain,” will explore connections between neuroscience and social cognition.

Stephen LaConte presented on brain injuries and biomechanics

April 9, 2013

Stephen LaConte spoke at a one-day symposium on brain injuries and biomechanics in Arlington, Virginia, on April 3.

Konark Mukherjee presents evidence that molecules believed to be pseudokinases are actually active

April 8, 2013

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

Read Montague participates in workshop focused on speeding therapies for neurological disorders

April 8, 2013

Read Montague, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has been selected to participate in an Institute of Medicine workshop focused on accelerating the development of therapies for a range of disorders that affect the nervous system, including neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Harry Dorn collaboration to target neuroblastoma detection and treatment

April 3, 2013

Harry Dorn, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has received a grant in collaboration with Anthony Sandler of the Children’s National Medical Center to develop better treatments and diagnosis for neuroblastoma.