Stories for 2020

New reopening guidelines starting Aug. 3

July 31, 2020

Guidance for the fall semester reopening at the university and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.

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

July 29, 2020

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

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute biotech spin-off seeks potential breast cancer treatment

July 29, 2020, updated July 29, 2020

A cancer research startup company founded by Virginia Tech scientists at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC recently received a boost in funding through the U.S. Small Business Administration ...

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and partners pioneer nation's first pediatric rehabilitation resource center

July 21, 2020, updated July 21, 2020

Research partners across three institutions are opening the nation’s first and only resource center dedicated to promoting clinical trials research in the rapidly expanding field of pediatric rehabilitation. The center, ...

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientists developing new strategy to thwart Alzheimer’s

July 6, 2020

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC scientists are concentrating on a type of brain cell called astrocytes, which may become damaged by amyloid plaques and unable to support the brain’s ...

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.

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 ...

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientists reveal how brain tumors impact normally supportive cells

March 31, 2020, updated March 31, 2020

The same brain cells designed to stop brain damage, fail to support healthy neurons when a cancer grows. New research, led by Stefanie Robel and Harald Sontheimer at the Fralin ...


March 27, 2020

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