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Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Principles of Human Dignity and Non-Discrimination

June 29, 2020

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke, Virginia affirms its support for justice and human dignity.

Virginia Tech cancer researcher Carla Finkielstein to join Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

June 23, 2020

Carla Finkielstein, a molecular biologist and an associate professor in the College of Science, will join the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC on July 1. Her laboratory, which studies ...

Acclaimed neuroscientist to head institute’s Center for Neurobiology Research

June 16, 2020

Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, a developmental neurobiologist and a professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, has been named the new director of the institute’s Center for Neurobiology Research.

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientists’ research confirms virus attacks the heart’s electrical system

June 16, 2020

A study by Patrick Calhoun, a postdoctoral fellow in the James Smyth Lab at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, confirmed that when adenovirus attacks the human heart, it disrupts electrical signaling ...

Scientists discover cellular structure of poorly understood visual brain region

June 16, 2020

The brain’s ventral lateral geniculate nucleus (vLGN) receives signals from the eye, but it is not associated with classical image-forming. For decades little was known about this brain region’s cellular ...

iTHRIV announces incoming 2020 scholars program cohort

June 16, 2020

iTHRIV, the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) partnership between Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Carilion Clinic, and Inova Health System has announced its fourth class of iTHRIV Scholars.

Phase Two Research Updates

June 15, 2020

Guidance on research guidelines at the university and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.

President's Message: Fall 2020

June 9, 2020

Virginia Tech turns its attention to the fall semester.

Research Institute enters Phase One of reopening

May 27, 2020

Virginia Tech has entered Phase One of reopening research functions and related laboratories under the essential operations designation, with Phase One beginning at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC on ...

New Fralin Biomedical Research Institute neuroscientist studies long-lasting impacts of stress

May 14, 2020

Sora Shin, a new assistant professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, studies how stress can induce psychiatric disorders. She hopes to develop new targeted therapeutics to help ...

Sophisticated new scanner to aid cancer research, treatment for pets and people

May 14, 2020

A new computed tomography (CT) scanner was delivered to the Health Sciences and Technology campus in Roanoke on Tuesday. The technology will be available to researchers at the Fralin Biomedical ...

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute doctoral candidate awarded NIH Fellowship to study role of virus in sudden cardiac death

April 28, 2020

Rachel Padget, a doctoral candidate in the laboratory of James Smyth at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, as awarded $101,687 under the National Institutes of Health’s Ruth L. ...

Virginia Tech researchers develop new COVID-19 tests to combat backlogs, shortages

April 22, 2020

Virginia Tech scientists have developed a new COVID-19 test and secured federal and state approvals to begin processing samples at on-campus labs in Blacksburg and Roanoke.

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientists at VTC link rare medical condition to its cause

April 14, 2020

Using CRISPR genome editing in zebrafish, scientists with the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC linked an undiagnosed human disease with a rare genetic mutation that causes craniofacial abnormalities.

New study shows how common parasitic infection can cause seizures and psychiatric illness for some

March 31, 2020, updated March 31, 2020

Forty million Americans are infected with a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. For most patients, the infection is mild, while others develop seizures or psychiatric disorders. New research by scientists at ...

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