News Archive 2015


Targeted cellular ablation based on the morphology of malignant cells

Attacking tumor cells at their core: Irregular nuclear morphology, for decades used by pathologists to identify and grade malignant tumors, may now for the first time provide a target for...


Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists gain insight in cause of Alzheimer’s symptoms

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have uncovered a mechanism in the brain that could account for some of the neural degeneration and memory loss in people with Al...


Masoud Agah named Virginia Microelectronics Consortium Professor of Engineering

Masoud Agah, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the ...


Distinguished Lecturer Series: Plasmid DNA Delivery with Electrotransfer and the Potential Therapeutic Applications

with Richard Heller, Ph. D.  Professor and Eminent Scholar  Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics ...


Virginia Tech to lead national, five-year study on head impacts in youth football

Virginia Tech is leading a $3.3 million, multi-center, five-year study that will track head impact exposure in children — the largest and most comprehensive biomedical study o...


National Cancer Institute awards nearly $2M to local researchers

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute are looking closely at a less common, more aggressive form of breast cancer known as Triple Negative Breast Cancer. ...


Friedlander: Gun violence shows why we need more brain research

Friedlander is a Roanoke-based neuroscientist who serves as the Executive Director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. He is a recipient of the American College of Physici...


A Crash Course on Football Helmets

Money can buy athletes many things. The best trainers, the hottest Nikes, the hottest arm candy. But when it comes to purchasing protection for the cranium (that thing that guards the brain), the super-rich don’t have much advantage over Joe Schmo. ...


Controversial guardrail to be crash-tested again

Five months after passing federally-ordered crash tests, the controversial guardrail blamed for dozens of deaths and injuries is being tested again, this time by a U.S. state which has been aggressively investigating the highway product. Dr. Clay Gabler comments. ...


Researchers discover cancer markers may be visible early during human development

Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have uncovered a link between the genomes of cells originating in the neural crest and development of tumors —...


Cancer Under Attack: Virginia Tech community forms a strong front against cancer

In the fight against cancer—an extensive war, waged on many fronts and dependent on an ever-shifting supply of resources—Virginia Tech faculty, students, and alumni fill the ranks. full story...


Undergraduate studies glioblastoma cells, the most malignant type for brain cancer

The Biomechanics REU includes 10 students, and all of them will give presentations on their respective projects at the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research Symposium. &n...


Virginia Tech is among top 100 worldwide universities granted U.S. patents in 2014

Rafael Davalos, a professor of biomedical engineering in the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences and an affiliate of the ...


Six Fulbright grants awarded to Virginia Tech students and alumnae

Alexandra Hyler of Lawrence, Kansas, a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, will travel to Copenhagen this summer to begin research with Henrik Bruus, a leader in microfluidics and biophysical theory at the Technical U...


Board of Visitors approves 2015 promotions, tenure, continued appointments

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 3, 2015 – The Virginia Tech Board ...


Research team heads to Antarctic to get icy insight into how brain adapts to temperature change

At the southernmost extremes of the planet lives a fish different from all other vertebrates on Eart...


16th annual RBTC TechNite awards ceremony winners announced

Rafael Davalos and Michael Friedlander were recognized at the 16th annual Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council TechNite. full story ...


Personalized saline may provide solution to heart death

Sharon George, a Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences doctoral student, and Steven Poelzing, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, discovered the ratio of minerals in a saline solution could ...


Virginia Tech engineering college honors staff; top awards go to Covey and Vaught

Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering named its two top award winners in the College Association for Staff in Engineering (CASE) for 2015. They are Amanda Covey of Blacksburg, Virginia, and of the ...


Students win awards at Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium

Congratulations to four students who won awards at this year's RBMC. The students were: Nora Hlavac (Virginia Tech) first place poster Zachary Bailey (Virginia Tech / Wake Forest) first place pr...


Scientists visualize potential brain cancer treatments in real time

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have developed new imaging techniques to watch dangerous brain tumor cells respond to treatment in real time....


ESPN Study: Many hockey helmets unsafe

More than a quarter of all helmets worn by hockey players, from the NHL to youth leagues, are unsafe, according to an independent study provided to "Outside the Lines" ...


Virginia Tech Engineers Create Hockey Helmet Safety Ratings

Virginia Tech has helped change football for a decade, making the sport safer for athletes without losing the thrill of participating ...


Stefan M. Duma inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Stefan M. Duma, the Harry C. Wyatt Professor and Department Head of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech, to its Colle...


Distinguished Seminar Series: Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Optimization for Increased Performance and Stability Margins in Rotating Machinery

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 2:00 PM VT – 310 Kelly Hall - Stanger St., WFU Biotech 151 with Dr. Alexandrina Untaroiu, Associate Director, Rotating Machinery and Controls (...


Bahareh Behkam wins NSF CAREER award to develop new methods to combat cancer

Innovative work on bacteria-based cancer therapy has earned Bahareh Behkam, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, a 2015 Nat...


Longer Eyelashes May Be Sexier, But Not Always Better

Researcher Jake Socha is quoted in this story about eyelash length. ...


Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists discover beliefs can be just as powerful as nicotine

Two identical cigarettes led to a discovery by scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Study participants inhaled nicotine, yet they showed signific...


Distinguished Seminar Series: Fluid-Structure Interactions From Nano- to Macro-Scale, From Engineering to Biology to Medicine

Monday, February 23rd, 11am VT – 310 Kelly Hall - Stanger St., WFU Biotech 157, ...


N.F.L. Suspends Use of Helmet Sensors

The N.F.L. will not use sensors in players’ helmets next season to measure head hits, endi...


Distinguished Seminar Series: Frontier Research in Cardiovascular Engineering and Bioinspired Mechanics

Thursday, February 19th, 11am VT – 310 Kelly Hall - Stanger St., WFU Biotech 157, VTCRI R2139  wi...


A dog lives on; now the stage is being set for treating humans

Almost five years ago, a seven-year old Labrador Retriever was operated on, using a technique eventually patented by Virginia Tech biomedical engineering faculty member Rafael Davalos. The beloved famil...


Virginia Tech researcher helped find new way to use electric fields to deliver cancer treatment

A team of researchers has devised a new way to target tumors with cancer-fighting drugs, a discovery...


Distinguished Seminar Series: Mechano-biologic Approaches to Promote Tendon Healing

Monday, January 26th, 11am VT – 310 Kelly Hall - Stanger St., WFU Biotech 157, VTCRI R2139  with Dr. Vincent Wang, ...


Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists developing speedy test for autism spectrum disorder

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have developed a brain-imaging technique that may be able to identify children with autism spectrum disorder in just...


Virginia Tech Carilion researchers working on new cancer treatment

ROANOKE (WSLS 10) -  A casual conversation could be the start of a new cancer treatment. Doctors at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute got a $200,000 grant. ...


Going viral: Targeting brain cancer cells with a wound-healing drug

At the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, three scientists are planning to create a virus ca...