Research Team Briefs

Michael Friedlander teaches pathologists the neuroscience of effective medical education

Jan. 28, 2014

Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently delivered a plenary lecture, “The Neurobiological Basis of Effective Learning, Retention, and Utilization of Information,” at the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) annual meeting in Galveston, Texas. GRIPE is an academic society of educators who teach pathology to medical students and residents at medical centers across the country.

Michael Friedlander honored by University of Alabama at Birmingham

Jan. 21, 2014

Nearly a decade after leaving the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Michael Friedlander will be honored by the university’s undergraduate neuroscience society. Friedlander, founding executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will receive the First Annual Undergraduate Neuroscience Society Distinguished Scholar Award of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He will accept the award this spring in Birmingham, where he will present the inaugural award lecture to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.

Read Montague delivered two talks at Georgia Tech

Jan. 17, 2014

Read Montague, director of the Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently delivered two talks at the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging at Georgia Tech.

Jamie Tyler publishes study on ultrasound of the brain in Nature Neuroscience

Jan. 12, 2014

Whales, bats, and even praying mantises use ultrasound as a sensory guidance system – and now a new study has found that ultrasound can modulate brain activity to heighten sensory perception in humans.

Gregorio Valdez receives grant to research how to slow ALS

Jan. 3, 2014

An early-career researcher at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has won his first major independent grant from the National Institutes of Health. And if his research pans out, the result could be a therapeutic technique to slow – or even stop – the onset of the most debilitating symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS.

Steven Poelzing’s basic research has direct effect

Dec. 13, 2013

For scientists conducting basic biological research, discoveries often take years before they’re translated into effects on individual patients. Even if they lead to clinical trials, the impact on human health is not a guarantee. Imagine the delight, then, when a scientist sees a research paper have a dramatic effect on a patient less than a year after publication.

Warren Bickel and Stephen LaConte awarded grant to study self-control therapies

Dec. 3, 2013

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has received a five-year, $2.8-million grant to study interventions aimed at enhancing self-control among problem drinkers.

Michael Fox and team discover how retinal neurons claim best brain connections

Nov. 6, 2013

Real estate agents emphasize location, location, and – once more for good measure – location. It’s the same in a developing brain, where billions of neurons vie for premium property to make connections. Neurons that stake out early claims often land the best value, even if they don’t develop the property until later.

Robert Gourdie publishes book on wound regeneration and repair

Oct. 16, 2013

Robert Gourdie, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and director of the Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine Research, has compiled, edited, and published a book titled, Wound Regeneration and Repair: Methods and Protocols. The book delves into the molecular underpinnings of the healing of tissues and organs, including the eyes, skin, neural system, and heart. It is a mix of review articles and cookbook-style “how-to” pieces that provide insight into the methodology of carrying out experiments in the field. It also details necessary equipment and tips and tricks not normally included in scientific papers.

Warren Bickel and Pearl Chiu join in on the conversation about addiction

Oct. 4, 2013

Warren Bickel, director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Pearl Chiu, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, talked with May Lily Lee, host of Virginia Conversations on WVTF Public Radio, about their research on addiction on September 20, 2013.

Jamie Tyler presents work on transcranial focused ultrasound at Carnegie Mellon workshop

Oct. 2, 2013

William “Jamie” Tyler, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, gave a presentation at the second-annual Next Generation Medical Imaging Workshop, held at Carnegie Mellon University on September 27–28, 2013.

Brooks King-Casas awarded grant for research into the neurobehavioral determinants of adolescent risk-taking

Oct. 2, 2013

What makes the adolescent brain so susceptible to health risks? Virginia Tech scientists have received a $3.9-million grant over five years from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for research into the neurobehavioral determinants of risky behavior in adolescents.

Konark Mukherjee presents new animal model for pervasive diseases

Oct. 2, 2013

Konark Mukherjee, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, gave a talk at the International Conference on Psychology, Autism and Alzheimer’s Disease, the 136th OMICS Group Conference, on September 30.

Michael Fox presented two talks for Vanderbilt’s Center for Matrix Biology

Oct. 2, 2013

Michael Fox, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, delivered two talks at the Center for Matrix Biology at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine.

Gregorio Valdez highlighted in story from top ALS nonprofit biotech organization

Oct. 2, 2013

Gregorio Valdez, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was featured in an article about promising research that could slow the onset and progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, of ALS. The article appeared on the homepage of the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the top nonprofit biotechnology organization dedicated to developing effective treatments for ALS.

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.

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