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Does Lead (Pb) Poisoning Impair Brain Development by Affecting How Thyroid Hormone Gets Into the Brain

Principal Investigator:
Christopher Thompson
Assistant Professor
School of Neuroscience
College of Science

Total Anticipated:
$1,600,000

Sponsor:
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

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SOLVING CHALLENGES EMERGING IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD

The university has invested in major research initiatives, bringing together diverse expertise that transcends traditional discipline boundaries. In partnership with industry, government, and foundations, these focus areas address emerging challenges and opportunities that seek to improve the human condition and create a better world for all. 

These strategically focused areas are Virginia Tech Research Frontiers.

Kaveh Akbari Hamed Lab Robots.

The Artificial Intelligence Frontier

Harnessing artificial intelligence for intelligence augmentation

Building on expertise in artificial intelligence and data science, systems engineering, neuroscience, human factors, robotics, immersive visualization, and education, among others, to accelerate human-technology partnerships toward seamless augmentation, ethically and sustainably.

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The Health Frontier

Leading one health to achieve whole health

Changing the focus on disease and symptoms to one of whole health, integrating intersections of animal, environment, and human health and building in communities and systems to empower multifaceted well-being.

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The Security Frontier

Innovating for secure and resilient communities

Ensuring communities are prepared to face global threats, from climate change to cybersecurity to national defense through advances in preparation, defense, mitigation, and recovery.

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The Quantum Frontier

Advancing the quantum leap

Using an unparalleled transdisciplinary focus to accelerate the integration of quantum technologies across society, realizing unprecedented computing and communication capabilities and restructuring our social framework.

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In its latest installment, FOCUS ON RESEARCH takes a detailed look at the many accomplishments, continued growth, and selected highlights of the Virginia Tech research and innovation enterprise in 2023.

MEASURES OF EXCELLENCE

$419M in sponsored research expenditures in FY23.
Ranked Top 6% in Nation for Research Expenditures
142 new invention disclosures