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Companion animal clinical trials underway at the veterinary college, new clinical trials website launched

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 00:00

Clinical trials at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine involve a wide range of new treatments, including the use of gold nanoparticles and a targeted laser therapy to treat solid tumors in dogs and cats. In January, the college established the Veterinary Clinical Research Office to help facilitate this work.

Transportation Institute works on study that could display traffic signs inside vehicles

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers are in the early stages of a novel idea to move traffic signs from the side of the road into the car itself, where a dashboard screen will automatically alert the driver of what actions to take, if any.

Synthetic biology open language will fuel progress, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute experts say

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 00:00

An international community of researchers led by Jean Peccoud, a professor with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, has developed a common language for synthetic biology. Having such standards will move the field closer to the goal of manufacturing synthetic DNA, important for building biological structures to perform tasks.

Fralin Fellows investigate origin of Lou Gehrig's disease

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:00

Two undergraduate students participating in Fralin Life Science Institute's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program study how aging and age-related neurological diseases, such as Lou Gehrig's disease, affect motor functioning.

Summer undergraduate research: Fralin Fellow advances collaborative research methods

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:00

The Fralin Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships offers one student the chance to work with advanced technology such as the mass spectrometer and learn how to apply it in a research setting.

Virginia Tech alumna receives Fulbright U.S. student grant to study food safety in Bangladesh

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:00

Kathryn Fiedler, a recent graduate of Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,  is one of three individuals from the university who received a Fulbright U.S. student grant.

Researchers to study mechanisms of hard-to-solve, hereditary breast cancer to find treatment option

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 00:00
People with a BRCA1 gene mutation are at much higher risk for breast cancer, but no treatments exist to specifically target this problem. Researchers Deborah Kelly and Zhi Sheng with support from the Commonwealth Health Research Board want to understand this difficult-to-treat hereditary cancer at the molecular level, with the hope of informing treatment options.

Scientists receive more than $2 million to study effects of climate change on the Chesapeake Bay

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 00:00

As the nation’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay is a living laboratory to study the effects of weather and pollution on delicate ecosystems.

Transportation institute awarded $55 million in federal contracts on truck safety, automated vehicles

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:00

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has captured two federal contracts worth $55 million to study safety efforts for commercial truck drivers and break new ground in the burgeoning field of automated vehicles.

Summer undergraduate research: Fralin fellow examines health impacts of Community Supported Agriculture

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 00:00

Undergraduate researcher Hayley Billingsley collected a stream of baseline data from her respondents, including height, weight, body mass index, demographics, and wellness information.

Virginia Tech unveils hockey STAR helmet testing procedures in open meeting

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 00:00

The Virginia Tech--Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences will preview its ground-breaking research of testing helmets to reduce concussions in a sport other than football.

Department of Defense awards SMART Fellowship to biomedical engineering student

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00

Rebekah Less, first-year Ph.D. student in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, was awarded a SMART Fellowship from the Department of Defense based on the novel research she is conducting in the Computational Tissue Engineering Graduate Education Program, integrating liver and gastrointestinal tissues. 

Little fish makes a big splash in genomic studies; discovery may help manage an invasive species

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 00:00

Researcher Pawel Michalak has discovered an allele on the beta-thymosin gene that makes it possible for the alewife to live solely in the freshwater Great Lakes.

Photos: University hosts 2014 Additive Manufacturing Competition

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech in May hosted the 2014 Additive Manufacturing Grand Challenge, a university-wide extracurricular competition that challenged students to design and fabricate fully 3-D printed air and ground vehicles.

Premier land-grant group grants Virginia Tech's 'economic prosperity' status

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:00

Virginia Tech has been labeled an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University in recognition of the role it plays in strengthening local, regional, and statewide economies.

Researchers peer into DNA of 'Evolution Canyon' animals to discover drivers of evolutionary change

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 00:00

The discovery adds to current understanding of biodiversity and the ability of a species to adapt to rapidly changing climates.

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

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 00:00

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Caltech found that, when they simulated market conditions for groups of investors, economic bubbles invariably formed. Even more remarkably, the researchers discovered a correlation between specific brain activity patterns and sensitivity to those bubbles.

Researchers discover new markers for breast cancer that may aid diagnoses, point to new therapies

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 00:00

A team of Virginia Tech researchers have found new breast cancer markers that could be more reliable and yield better results for cancer patients. 

Researchers treat rising incarceration rates as disease outbreak, discover small changes help

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:00

Incarceration rates in the U.S. are rising. Using the same methods used to study disease epidemics, researchers with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention demonstrate that more severe sentencing can lead to higher levels of criminal activity.