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.

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Warren Bickel

Nov. 21, 2018

Parallels in how some cancer survivors and people with addiction value the future point to therapeutic targets for challenging behaviors

Recently diagnosed cancer survivors are more likely to drink alcohol, use tobacco, and frequent tanning beds than people in later stages of recovery, according to ...


Nov. 15, 2018

VTCRI researchers find positive effects of early education intervention on social behavior persist for 4 decades

New research in Nature Communications, led by Read Montague (left) of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, suggests that participants who received educational interventions in ...

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Nov. 8, 2018

VTCRI scientists find that sensory neurons can be used to discover therapies for ALS

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have shown that mutations in specific genes that destroy motor neurons and thereby cause the devastating effects of amyotrophic ...

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