Brain disorders account for more suffering, cost, and long term care than all other disorders combined. In addition to the medical costs of diagnosis and treatment, the costs of long-term care for children and adults who suffer from brain disorders are dramatic. Scientists at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute address these challenges by advancing and applying neuro-technologies in efforts to understand how the brain develops, adapts to challenges and adverse situations including physical and social, learns, and remembers, makes choices, responds to disease and injury, repairs itself and remains healthy during normal aging. By taking a transdisciplinary approach to the mechanisms of neurobiology and cognition, scientists strive to increase the world’s knowledge of the brain and accelerate therapeutic interventions for diseases such as addiction, ALS, Alzheimer’s, autism spectrum disorder, brain cancer, cerebral palsy, dementia, depression, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, spinal muscular atrophy, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injury.

Recent News

Ubadah Sabbagh in Virginia Tech laboratory

July 11, 2019

Virginia Tech graduate student earns prestigious NIH award to map unexplored brain region, study optic nerve regeneration

Ubadah Sabbagh, a Virginia Tech Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health (TBMH) graduate student, has won a six-year $390,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) award that ...

Ubadah Sabbagh receives Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory inaugural Ben Barres Fellowship

June 28, 2019

Graduate student receives prestigious Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Ben Barres Fellowship

Ubadah Sabbagh, a Virginia Tech Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health graduate student working at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, has received the Ben ...

Alyssa Brunal-Brown (left) and Amnah Eltahir

June 7, 2019

Virginia Tech graduate students selected to join competitive Society for Neuroscience program

Alyssa Brunal-Brown (left) and Amnah Eltahir, Virginia Tech graduate students at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, were accepted into the Society for Neuroscience’s ...