News Archive 2017


Five-star hockey helmet changes the game for consumers

When the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab released its first set of ratings for hockey helmets in 2015, the top of the chart was empty. No helmet had earned the highest score of five s...


Virginia Tech students plunge into biomedical ‘shark tank’ at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Teams of students from engineering, business, and the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health (TBMH) graduate program at Virginia Tech dove headl...


Wake Forest to offer IMPACT research experience for undergraduates

The Biomedical Engineering Department at Wake Forest University will offer several summer research opportunities in 2018 focusing on Imaging and Mech...


Virginia Tech biomedical spinoff cited for innovation by national university associations

A Virginia Tech spinoff company formed to fight a deadly type of brain cancer is being recognized this week by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU...


Engineering, business, TBMH students converge to prepare for real-world challenges

A new academic alliance at the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology campus in Roanoke is aimed at teaching students how to turn great ideas into real...


Grant puts research team on track to treat brain cancer

Pictures of dogs and their smiling owners line a wall of John Robertson’s office in Kelly Hall. Each canine, from Spanky, the Boston terrier, to Lena, the minia...


Governor, Virginia Tech Carilion officials break ground on VTC Biomedical Research Expansion

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe today joined Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic officials to begin construction on a new facility in Roanoke t...


Cancer Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Receive $9 Million Grant to Study Aggressive Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma is the most aggressive cancer that originates in the ...


Stefan Duma named a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society

Stefan Duma, the Harry Wyatt Professor of Engineering and interim director of the In...


Virginia Tech Professor Pamela VandeVord named American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow

Pamela VandeVord, the N. Waldo Harrison Professor and interim head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech, was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Coll...


Mutant protein sheds lights on viral propagation

Some genetic mutations can cause a virus to flourish. Others make the virus wither away, unable to function normally and reproduce. Yet other genetic mutations only s...


Virginia Tech Professor Padma Rajagopalan named American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow

Padma Rajagopalan, the Robert E. Hord Jr. Professor of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tec...


Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine continues 100 percent residency match placement

The 40 members of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s Class of 2017 will go  into programs representing 13 specialties in 16 states. The most represented specialties include internal medicine, pediatrics, and general surgery. A snapshot of programs where students will...


Researchers find that brain imagery shows difference between knowing or reckless behavior in criminal acts

Judges and juries always ponder whether people act “knowingly” or “recklessly” during criminal activity — and neuroscience has had little to add to the conversation. But now, researchers, including computational neuroscientist Read Montague of the ...


Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute to host Brain Awareness Week

The brain never finishes growing up. It begins to develop before birth and progresses at a ferocious pace through infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Even across a lifetime, the brain never stops changing. Scientists will reveal more about what they have learned about the brain’s...


Wake Forest names founding engineering chair: SBES Alum Olga Pierrakos

Wake Forest University has appointed Olga Pierrakos as founding chair of the Department of Engineering, one of Wake Downtown&r...


Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist awarded $2.1 million to fight heart disease

Steven Poelzing, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI), has received a $2.1 m...


Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists: Witnessing fear can physically change the brain

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have discovered that observing fear in others may chang...


Assessing injury risk from unmanned aircraft will pave the way for new applications

Researchers at Virginia Tech — home to both a Federal Aviat...


Can Studying Tumor Ecology Reveal New Paths to Treatment?

“There are cancer phenotypes that arise because of inappropriate interactions with the tissue,” said Scott S. Verbridge, PhD, of the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest School of Biomedical Eng...


NIH to award R01 Grant for cancer treatment

A BEAM research team will be awarded a new R01 grant from the National Institutes for Health. This $1.8 million, 5-year award from the NCI supports a research project led by BEAM faculty Rafael Davalos and&n...