News Archive 2014

December
12/19/2014

Fluid flow research may unlock cancer secrets

In the human body, the channels that fluids take as they migrate through tissues can impact a person...


12/02/2014

Distinguished Lecture Series: Cancer Migration in 3D

Two-dimensional (2D) in vitro culture systems have for a number of years provided a controlled and versatile environment for mechanistic studies of cell adhesion, ...


12/02/2014

Can a Better Football Helmet Save Your Kid’s Brain?

Three years ago, researchers at Virginia Tech developed a novel rating system for football helmets. Since then, NCAA squads, NFL teams, and parents across the country have demanded the top-rated equipment. Helmet makers followed suit, changing designs to meet the new standards. There’s only...


November
11/20/2014

Study: Some High School Football Teams Use Inadequate Helmets

There are new concerns over the football helmets some local high school players are wearing after university research suggested certain helmets put children at a higher risk for a concussion....


11/12/2014

2014 Liviu Librescu Prize Awarded to Raffaella De Vita

Raffaella De Vita, Associate Professor, is the 2014 recipient of the Liviu Librescu Faculty Prize.  This has been a big year for De Vita, who earlier received a ...


11/05/2014

2 Investigators: Schools Using Football Helmets With Low Safety Ratings

There are startling safety concerns about youth football helmets. Local kids are being forced to wear poorly rated, 10-year-old  helmets with outdated designs. ...


11/05/2014

New tool Vascular Enabled Nanosecond pulse reversibly open the blood-brain-barrier

A new technology that may assist in the treatment of brain cancer and other neurological diseases is the subject of an article in a recent issue of the journal Technology, published...


11/04/2014

R01 Grant Sets Up a Knockout Punch for Cancer

Aaron Mohs, assistant professor at the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences, has been awarded an R01 for $1.37 million ...


11/03/2014

WKYT Investigates: 5 schools with less than 'good' football helmets

A month-long WKYT investigation discovered five high schools in central, southern and eastern Kentucky with football helmets deemed less than “good” by a rating system to denote their ability to reduce the risk of concussions. ...


11/03/2014

The 2014 Mike & Lucy Robbins Fellowship Award Winner: Tanner K. Hill

The Lucy Robbins Fellowship Award was established in the spring of 2005 in memory of Lucy Robbins, the late wife of WFUHS faculty member Dr. Mike Robbins.   ...


October
10/31/2014

Years After Helmet Safety Study, High School Equipment Still Mixed

NBC5 Investigates asked for the helmet inventories of over 300 public and private high schools from throughout Chicago and the suburbs. That survey revealed over a dozen schools using lower-rated helmet...


10/30/2014

New technology shows promise for delivery of therapeutics to the brain

A new technology that may assist in the treatment of brain cancer and other neurological diseases is the subject of an article in a recent issue of the journal Technology, published by World Scientific Publishing Company. ...


10/23/2014

Virginia Tech Finds Riddell's New Flex Helmet Design Better Than Any Other

The university has tracked more than 300,000 football impacts to research helmet effectiveness. ...


10/15/2014

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute awarded $1.7 million for new approach to addiction recovery

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists plan to use social media to help develop a new approach to addiction recovery, one that takes advantage of people&rs...


10/10/2014

Advances in “tumor engineering” lead to NIH funding to improve drug therapy

If researchers are able to better understand the responses of experimental tumor tissues to chemotherapy drug...


10/06/2014

Treating addiction with technology

Warren Bickel, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, saw a different kind of opportunity when the dot com bubble began inflating in the late 1990...


September
09/02/2014

Alexander Leonessa's disabilities research garners an NSF directorate position

Alexander Leonessa, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virg...


August
08/26/2014

These Helmets Will Save the NFL from Itself

Last year was big for the NFL in terms of safety. The league put independent neurologists on sidelines, banned high-risk tackles, and pledged more than $765 million to help retired players and fund medical exams and research. Helmet manufacturers are making improvements too, tha...


08/22/2014

First clinical trial for new skin wound-healing compound is a success

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist Robert Gourdie developed a wound-healing peptide while researching how electrical signals trigger heartbeats. He ne...


08/13/2014

A minimally invasive way of using electricity to open the blood-brain-barrier, developed by SBES researchers.

A team of researchers from the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences have developed a new way of using electricity to open the blood-brain...


08/07/2014

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists make discovery about common rotavirus

Viruses are resilient. They mutate and adapt to survive, fueling the fear of uncontrollable epidemics. Scientists recently found, however, that with rotavirus, evoluti...


08/06/2014

Maury Nussbaum participates in study of effect of obesity in the workplace

The study, conducted at Virginia Tech, examined the endurance of 32 individuals in four categories (non-obese young, obese young, non-obese older, and obese older) who...


July
07/31/2014

Catching the bad guys

Dr. Rafael Davalos, Associate Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES), has received a $270K grant, with the potential for up to $800K annually, ...


07/23/2014

Spartan Hockey Helmets Going Under Microscope

Hockey helmets may be on the verge of a radical makeover, as scientists and engineers at ...


07/17/2014

Virginia Tech unveils hockey STAR helmet testing procedures in open meeting

Virginia Tech biomedical engineering researchers will meet with scientists and manufacturers of hockey helmets on July 22 as the university prepares for the fall 2014 ...


07/16/2014

Department of Defense awards SMART Fellowship to biomedical engineering student

Rebekah Less of Cable, Wisconsin., a first-year Ph.D. student in the Virginia Tech — Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, h...


07/08/2014

High earners in a stock market game found to have brain patterns that can predict bubbles and crashes

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? It may be that, when it comes to stock market success, your brain is heeding the wrong neural signals. ...


June
06/26/2014

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist's work could lead to wounds healing twice as fast

ROANOKE, Va., June 26, 2014 – Robert Gourdie says he t...


06/11/2014

Winners Announced At 13th Annual Graduate Symposium

The 13th Annual Graduate Student Symposium was held on May 15th, 2014 at Winston – Salem, NC in the Biotech Building.&nb...


06/11/2014

BME Students Awarded At Torgersen Graduate Symposium

2014 Paul E. Torgersen Graduate Student Research Excellence Awards were awarded April 15th, 2014.  Congratulations to our BME students! MS Oral Presentations: 1st  - Anna MacAlister (BME) 2nd  - Tim O&#...


May
05/22/2014

Risky business: Scientists seek to identify predictors of risky behaviors among teenagers

ROANOKE, Va., – What makes the adolescent brain so susceptible to taking risks? Virginia Tech scientists are recruiting as many as 150 teenagers to help them find out.   ...


05/20/2014

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute sets a new pace in heart research

ROANOKE, Va.,  – The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, well known for its innovative, world-class brain research, is launching a major new initiative in cardiovascular research. ...


05/16/2014

How Many Lives Will Robocar Technologies Save?

By Philip E. Ross Before automating a part of the driving experience, you’d like to know how much it will cost and how much safer the passengers will be. The first problem is fairly eas...


05/14/2014

Virginia Tech announces football helmet ratings update as five new helmets meet 5-star mark

Blacksburg, Va. - Virginia Tech released today the updated results of its adult football helmet ratings, which are designed to identify key differences between the abilities of individual helmets to reduce the risk of concussion.  ...


05/05/2014

Veterinary neurologist works to improve brain cancer treatments for both pets and people

An aggressive type of brain tumor called a “glioma” took the life of Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy in 2009. Although Kennedy's struggle shined the national...


05/05/2014

Dr. Kristofer Kusano Honored with the SAE International's Russell S. Springer Award

WARRENDALE, Pa. (May 5, 2014) – Dr. Kristofer D. Kusano, Research Associate at Virginia Tech, has been honored with SAE International’s Russell...


April
04/15/2014

NIH awards Chang Lu $1.3 million to further research on analyzing epigenetics

Blacksburg, VA , April 15, 2014 Virginia Tech College of Engineering For more than a decade Chang Lu, associate professor of chemical engineering at Vir...


04/11/2014

2014 Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium (RMBS) Winners

The Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium (RMBS) is a regional symposium held annually since 1964.  The 51st  RMBS conference was hosted in Denver, Colorado on April 4th – 6...


March
03/28/2014

New Riddell SpeedFlex football helmet pits technology vs. concussions

Football's brain injury problem has become one of several threats to the future of the college sport, and all other levels as well. The NCAA and several confer...


03/03/2014

National Science Foundation to sponsor undergraduate biomechanics research program

Pamela VandeVord, associate professor of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, has received a National Science Foundation Research Experience for U...


February
02/19/2014

The National Science Foundation hereby awards a grant to SBES to support a Biomechanics REU summer program

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is for undergraduates interested in exploring a multiscale approach to biomechanical research. Students will be fully integrated into participating research groups and will experience hands-on lab research, group meetings, and close collabo...


02/18/2014

Football helmet safety - Check your school's helmet rating

America's favorite sport is also one of the most dangerous ones you can play. As spectators, we love to watch a good tackle - especially for our young players. High school football has been consistently shown in studies to be the sport with the highest concussion rate. ...


January
01/31/2014

NFL, players see progress in tackling concussions

Fans watching Sunday's Super Bowl can count on seeing long passes, big tackles and dramatic running plays. They should not see a player lying prone on the field after the sickening crack of a helmet-to-helmet hit, thanks to an NFL effort to reduce player concussions. ...


01/31/2014

Football helmet design can lower concussion risk, study finds

As the Super Bowl approaches on Sunday, more and more attention is being paid to the concussion epidemic surrounding the game of football. During the 2013 regular season, NFL players suffered a total of 121 concussions, equating to more than seven concussions per week. ...


01/31/2014

New study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmets

Football helmets can be designed to reduce the risk of concussions, according to a new study by some of the nation's leading concussion researchers published today in the Journal of Neurosurgery. ...


01/30/2014

VT - WFU Biomedical Engineering Society has won the 2013 Fleetest Feet Award

The Fleetest Feet Award, founded in 1992 by the Arizona State University BMES Student Chapter, promotes student participation in the BMES Annual Meeting. The award honors the BMES student chapter traveling the most miles to attend. Our students traveled 120,580 miles to attend the BMES 2013 meeti...


01/29/2014

Guohua Cao secures NSF CAREER award to pursue sophisticated imaging technology

Currently, the medical community has limited ability in clinically assessing blockages called atherosclerotic plaques in the human body.  These dangerous blockages that can lead to heart attacks and strokes are not easily diagnosed due to "the lack of noninvasive imaging techn...


01/27/2014

Will football embrace sensors for concussion research? Hit Count certification program is created

The day when football consistently tracks head hit counts like baseball measures pitch counts took another step toward reality. The Sports Legacy Institute, arguably the most powerful group associated with concussion safety, announced today the Hit Count Certification Program to evaluat...


01/13/2014

Ultrasound directed to the human brain can boost sensory performance

Whales, bats, and even praying mantises use ultrasound as a sensory guidance system — and now a new study has found that ultrasound can modulate brain activity to heighten sensory perception in humans. ...


01/07/2014

Raffaella De Vita receives government's highest of engineering honors to study pelvic disorders

In 2012, Raffaella De Vita received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Development (CAREER) Award to lead a national study on pelvic floor disorders, affecting some one third of adult American women. ...