A new study led by Carla Finkielstein, an associate professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, and Diego Golombek, a professor at the National University of Quilmes, reveals that chronic jet lag impedes the body’s immune system and also changes the tumor microenvironment, favoring tumor growth.
The Gainsboro History Tour of African American Culture is a 5K event in Roanoke open to anyone who wants to walk, bike, drive, or run along the self-guided tour that includes 10 landmarks. The run/walk continues until Oct. 16.
In first-of-their-kind observations in the human brain, an international team of researchers has revealed two well-known neurochemicals — dopamine and serotonin — are at work at sub-second speeds to shape how people perceive the world and take action based on their perception.
Ayanna Howard will explain how recent advances in robotics and artificial intelligence have positioned early intervention with robots to aid children in her lecture, “Pediatric Robotics – A Journey from the Lab to a Child’s Home,” at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Maury L. Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture Series hosted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke.
Virginia Tech launched this new interdisciplinary doctoral program in 2018. The first, second, and third cohort are made up of impressive students from diverse backgrounds with extensive research experience, and the program is now recruiting for its fourth cohort.
Carla Finkielstein, the director of the Virginia Tech Molecular Analysis Laboratory at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, gives an exclusive tour of the lab. With expanded testing crucial to controlling the pandemic in Virginia and the nation, Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and graduate students went to work to answer the challenge. This lab was crucial to that response.
When the novel coronavirus hit the United States in January, Virginia Tech faculty recognized the nation was on the brink of a COVID-19 pandemic that would affect the university and the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Hear the inside story about what happened during a virtual HokieTalk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Ian Kimbrough, an assistant professor in the School of Neuroscience, and Jennifer Munson, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, are taking research learned from brain tumors to help fight Alzheimer’s.
The finding gives scientists a path to understand diseases where frequent blood-brain barrier damage occurs, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
Since June, Deborah Birx has visited universities in numerous states to learn about each institution’s approach to COVID-19. The universities that are most successful in managing COVID-19 worked hard during the summer to develop a plan for the fall semester, she said.
Staff and students at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and the Roanoke Graduate Student Association organized two public events: a Roanoke Black History Panel on Sept. 14, and a month-long Self-Guided Gainsboro History Tour 5K.
Research expenditures are up and sponsored awards have increased by 15 percent, building upon the prior year’s expenditure total of $542 million, despite the impact of COVID-19 felt nationally by higher education institutes, according to preliminary fiscal year-end reports.
The advance will allow the university to monitor clusters of campus buildings on a daily basis, testing for the presence of the virus in fecal matter. If the testing shows positive results, the university can then conduct targeted testing among individuals to zero in on possible infections.
A multidisciplinary team is helping the university better understand and plan for impacts of COVID-19 through institution-specific models, outbreak simulations, and impact on regional hospital resources predictions.
Among the actions taken, the board approved a resolution to demolish Femoyer Hall, a 35,500-gross-square-foot facility constructed in 1949. In addition, board members toured the new Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC research facility in Roanoke, the Virginia Tech School of Medicine, and new dairy facilities at Kentland Farm.
Understanding how bacteria communicate with each other helps scientists learn how to disrupt their conversations and stop infections. On Sept. 3, Bonnie Bassler will kick off the series, hosted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.
During the three-day meeting, board members will receive reports on the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia, the planning for the sesquicentennial celebration in 2022, new Title IX regulations, and the current state of university fundraising and the research enterprise.