Research Team Briefs for September 2013

Michael Friedlander and Audra Van Wart spearhead BEST award

Sept. 19, 2013

Virginia Tech has been named one of ten academic institutions to receive a first-of-its-kind grant from the National Institutes of Health to help prepare graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for biomedical research careers that could take them beyond conventional academic research. The funding will begin October 1, and the ten institutions will share approximately $3.7 million for the current fiscal year. The awards are for five years.

Spearheading the Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST) award at Virginia Tech are Michael Friedlander, associate provost for health sciences at Virginia Tech and executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Audra Van Wart, director of education and training at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

Harry Dorn and team find evidence of 'buckyball' formation

Sept. 16, 2013

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have reported the first experimental evidence that supports the theory that a soccer ball-shaped nanoparticle, commonly called a buckyball, is the result of a breakdown of larger structures rather than being built atom-by-atom from the ground up.

Harry Dorn reappointed as Dr. A.C. Lilly Jr. Faculty Fellow in Nanoscience

Sept. 12, 2013

Harry Dorn, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and a professor of chemistry in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been reappointed the Dr. A.C. Lilly Jr. Faculty Fellow in Nanoscience by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Gregorio Valdez presents lectures at the National Institutes of Health and international conferences in Brazil

Sept. 9, 2013

Gregorio Valdez, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has had a busy schedule this past month, having traveled the world to give several talks on his research regarding neuromuscular junctions.

Warren Bickel wins major grant for smoking cessation research

Sept. 7, 2013

Warren Bickel, an internationally recognized addiction expert at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received a $3.2-million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for research on improving self-control in smokers seeking to quit cigarettes. The grant will provide between $573,000 and $716,000 a year over a five-year period to develop innovative new ways to enhance the smokers’ ability to abstain from acting on their nicotine cravings.

Rosalyn Moran begins recruitment for a new study

Sept. 4, 2013

Rosalyn Moran, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has launched a recruitment campaign for a new study, "Brain Connectivity Supporting Memories Across the Lifespan." Study participants ranging from 18 to 80 years old will perform a simple memory task during a brain scan.