Regeneration and rehabilitation are broad fields that includes body-device interfaces and tissue engineering, as well as incorporating research into the engagement of the body’s repair and regeneration processes to restore damaged tissues and organs. Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientists are focused on developing next-generation biomaterials and devices to interface with the body including the heart, brain and connective tissues. Methods to place materials in the human body to help heal soft and hard tissues, or develop devices to facilitate the function of organs that have failed, represent exciting translational research opportunities to enhance patient care and quality of life. Likewise, the repair of wounds and ulcers in diabetes, and scar reduction after surgery including breast reconstruction after cancer, are important focus areas at the Research Institute. This is where laboratory discoveries move into the real world to address health care needs.

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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 ...

Warren Bickel

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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 ...

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