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    Applications are open for the 2021 Virginia Tech Health Sciences and Technology Commercialization Fellows Program , article

    Applications for the new program cohort are due online by 5 p.m. on March 12. Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and research assistants and associates from across Virginia Tech who conduct health sciences and technology-related research are eligible.

    Date: Mar 03, 2021
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    Meet our Scientists: Dr. Chiu, Dr. DeLuca, Dr. LaConte, Dr. Robel, and Dr. Stein , video

    <div>The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC’s researchers have diverse backgrounds. Learn more about their research, hobbies, backgrounds, and why they became scientists in our 2021 weekly video series.</div>

    Date: Feb 18, 2021
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    Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC partners with Thermo Fisher Scientific, bringing state-of-the-art imaging equipment to Roanoke lab , video

    <div>The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC’s Fox Laboratory recently received a brand new scanning electron microscope, allowing for unprecedented visualization of cellular architecture with automated 3D reconstructions. The research institute collaborated with Thermo Fisher Scientific to purchase a state-of-the-art Thermo Scientific Volumescope. This equipment will help researchers at the institute continue to work at the frontiers of biomedical discovery to address cancer, neurological and behavioral disorders, and heart disease.&nbsp;</div>

    Date: Feb 16, 2021
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    Meet a Neuroscientist: Shannon Farris, Ph.D. , video

    <div><div><div><div><div>In honor of International #WomenInScience day, we'd like to introduce you to one of our faculty members, Dr. Shannon Farris!</div></div><div><div>Her #neuroscience lab studies how the genes in a specific cell type, located in the brain's hippocampus, enable memory storage.</div></div></div></div></div>

    Date: Feb 11, 2021
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    We asked our faculty: Why did you become a health scientist? , video

    <div><div>From art and medicine, to zoology and playing cricket - four faculty members at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC open up about the memories and moments that sparked their scientific curiosity and passion for health research.<br></div></div>

    Date: Feb 05, 2021
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    Hokies at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Help Neighbors in Roanoke, Virginia Overcome Food Insecurity , video

    <div>The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC recently partnered with&nbsp;the City of Roanoke’s Public Libraries to donate and distribute 500 hams to help neighbors throughout the Roanoke Valley overcome food insecurity. Dozens of faculty, staff, and students volunteered to pack and hand-deliver bags of food as part of the City’s Feed and Read program.</div>

    Date: Feb 01, 2021
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    Meet our Scientists: Dr. Farris, Dr. Johnstone, Dr. LaMantia, Dr. Montague, Dr. Shin, and Dr. Munson , video

    <div>The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC’s researchers have diverse backgrounds. Learn more about their research, hobbies, backgrounds, and why they became scientists in our 2021 weekly video series.</div>

    Date: Jan 28, 2021
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    Why Meg Supports the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute , video

    <div>Meg Carter, a native Virginian, has served on the research institute’s advisory board since the spring of 2020. She and her husband Frank support the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute’s research efforts and scientific contributions to society.</div>

    Date: Dec 17, 2020
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    Step Inside the New Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Expansion in Roanoke , video

    <div><div>We welcome you to take a virtual tour through the new Fralin Biomedical Research Institute expansion. Michael Friedlander, Ph.D., Virginia Tech’s vice president for health sciences and technology, and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute’s founding executive director, will walk you through each wing, describing some of the latest instrumentation and research projects along the way.</div></div>

    Date: Nov 23, 2020
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    Undergraduate Scientist Awarded National Institute of Mental Health Research Supplement , video

    <div><div><div>Niesha Savory, an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech working in the Farris Lab at the Fralin Biomedical Research at VTC, was recently awarded a Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from the National Institute of Mental Health. She studies memory and learning in the lab of Shannon Farris, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the research institute in Roanoke. She previously completed a competitive neuroSURF Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2019, and Savory aspires to pursue graduate studies in medicine and biomedical research after graduation.</div></div></div>

    Date: Nov 02, 2020
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    Inside Virginia Tech's COVID-19 analysis lab , video

    <div><div><div>Carla Finkielstein, the director of the Virginia Tech Molecular Analysis Laboratory at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, takes us on exclusive tour. 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.</div></div></div>

    Date: Sep 25, 2020
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    Virginia Tech COVID-19 lab ready to test thousands of student samples , video

    <div><p>“We are going to be super ready for the students,” said Carla Finkielstein, director of the Virginia Tech&nbsp;<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer"></a><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory&nbsp;</a>at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC.<u></u><u></u></p><p><u></u>&nbsp;The researchers have already assembled 10,000 collection units that will be used to collect samples from students to analyze for coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.</p><p><u></u></p><p><u></u>&nbsp;“When this pandemic exploded and we were verge of deciding what to do next, the university had two options,” Finkielstein said. “One was to wait for someone to help us, and the other one was to put our collective heads and resources together and do something to serve our community. Our university chose to be proactive. We want to help take care of our students. We are bringing them back, and we are testing them. On top of that, working closely with the health departments, we are able to provide test analysis for many other people in the communities around us.”</p></div>

    Date: Aug 07, 2020
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    Scientists discover cellular structure of poorly understood visual brain region , video

    <div>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 structure and purpose. In a new study published in the Journal of Neurochemistry, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC neuroscientists reveal newly identified brain cell subtypes unique to this region that form a striking layered formation.</div>

    Date: Jun 03, 2020
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    Parents say baby with rare condition makes progress after intensive therapy at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion , video

    <div><div><div><div>Evie was at her six-week-old checkup near Dublin, Ireland, when doctors noticed her head was not growing as fast as it should. Five months later, doctors diagnosed her with a rare genetic disorder – a form of microcephaly caused by a mutation in a gene called CASK. Doctors said her condition was only reported in only 53 females worldwide, and it was associated with insurmountable developmental problems.<br><span><br>From those beginnings, Evie’s parents Emma Nolan and Keith Purdy embarked on a journey that would take them from their home in Ireland to talk with Virginia Tech scientists&nbsp;at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Neuromotor Research Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia. They met Stephanie Deluca, co-director of the Neuromotor Research Clinic, and occupational therapist Megan Price. Together, the group would prove a lot of people wrong about how much Evie really could accomplish.</span></div></div></div></div>

    Date: May 26, 2020
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    Virginia Tech scientists develop new COVID-19 tests , video

    <div><div>After weeks of working around the clock, Virginia Tech scientists developed a new COVID-19 test and secured federal and state approvals to begin processing samples at on-campus labs in Blacksburg and Roanoke.<br></div></div>

    Date: Apr 29, 2020
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    Fralin Biomedical Research Institute expansion melds world-class research and sustainable architecture , video

    <div><div><div>From its meadow garden green roof to its underground rainwater cistern, the new research expansion located at 4 Riverside Circle in Roanoke is a model for smart green design. The building is currently being evaluated from the U.S. Green Building Council for a LEED Version 4 Rating.</div></div></div>

    Date: Apr 20, 2020
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    Virginia Tech researchers develop new COVID-19 tests to combat backlogs, shortages , video

    <div>Virginia Tech scientists at the Fralin Life Sciences Institute and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute have a developed a new coronavirus test and have secured federal and state approvals to begin processing samples at on-campus labs in Blacksburg and Roanoke. The university will support local health departments throughout the region to provide timely analysis to identify patients suspected of having COVID-19 — a critical step in the process of slowing the pandemic in Virginia.</div>

    Date: Apr 14, 2020
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    Neuroscientists show how common parasitic infection causes seizures and psychiatric illness for some , video

    <div><div><p>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. A new study led by Michael Fox at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute describes how brain circuits change as the parasite finds long-term shelter inside brain cells. The study’s first author and doctoral candidate, Gabriela Carrillo, explains this discovery.</p><div><br></div></div></div>

    Date: Mar 26, 2020
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    Fralin Biomedical Research Institute expansion building moving forward , video

    <div><div><div><div><div>Take a peek inside the new VTC Biomedical Research Addition, a&nbsp;139,000-square-foot building slated for a grand opening in fall 2020 at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute in Roanoke. The state-of-the-art facility will be home to at least 25 new teams of Virginia Tech biomedical researchers specializing in cardiovascular research, obesity and metabolism, body-device interfaces, cancer, and more. The building will also feature a green roof, classrooms, wet and dry lab space, offices, and a LINAC particle accelerator to help pets with cancer. Stay tuned for more updates as construction nears completion this spring!</div></div></div></div></div>

    Date: Feb 24, 2020
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    New compound could help improve heart attack recovery , video

    <div>Robert Gourdie, a professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, is working on a way to limit the damage of hypoxic ischemic injury, allowing the nearby heart muscle cells to remain intact.</div>

    Date: Dec 16, 2019

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