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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

Please refer to Virginia Tech's COVID-19 webpage for university announcements and resources. This page is updated periodically with announcements pertaining to operations at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.

New Fralin Biomedical Research Institute faculty member studies how junk food induces dopamine release in the brain

March 18, 2020

Why is eating unhealthy food such a hard habit to break? Alexandra DiFeliceantonio, a new faculty member at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, studies how modern high-fat, high-carb ...

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientists shed light on how to protect optic nerve from genetic harm

March 18, 2020

The brain devotes more space to vision than to all other senses combined, according to the Dana Foundation, which is coordinating a global education initiative this week to focus attention ...

CANCELLED: Pioneering medical scientist will connect cancer care, reproductive health and fertility at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute lecture

March 5, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: the following public lecture is being rescheduled. Follow Fralin Biomedical Research Institute for updates.

Doctoral student named Society for Neuroscience Policy ambassador

March 5, 2020

Ubadah Sabbagh, a doctoral candidate in Virginia Tech’s translational biology, medicine, and health program who conducts research at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, has been selected as one ...

Leading Neuroscience Innovator to present how technology can enhance memory and attention at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC lecture

Feb. 24, 2020

Studies led by upcoming Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture speaker, Adam Gazzaley, show that older adults can improve multi-tasking, memory using computer games. Gazzaley will discuss how technology can enhance ...

POSTPONED: Fralin Biomedical Research Institute to explore how baby’s brain develops at annual Brain School

Feb. 24, 2020

This year’s Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Brain School will be rescheduled at a later date.

Scientists explore new method to help people with alcohol use disorder

Feb. 17, 2020

New research into alcohol use supported by $3.45 million National Institutes of Health grant

New Virginia Tech startup seeks to use nano-capsules derived from milk to deliver heart drug

Feb. 13, 2020

Good things come in small packages. Launched by Fralin Biomedical Research Institute’s Robert Gourdie, The Tiny Cargo Co. will package vital heart medicine in nano-containers extracted from cow’s milk.

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute scientists shed light on surprising visual development patterns

Jan. 20, 2020

In a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC neuroscientists reveal a surprising clue about how this ...

Found in translation: National Institutes of Health leader to outline efforts to accelerate biomedical innovations

Jan. 17, 2020

“We’re seeing an era of massive collaboration coming in biomedical sciences to get more treatments to patients,” said Christopher Austin, director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) ...

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