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VTCRI scientists, Carilion clinicians first to identify perinexus in human heart

June 18th, 2018

A collaborative research team is on a quest to collapse a tiny pocket between cardiac cells that can cause big problems. Called the perinexus, the structure spans only tenths of a millimeter — all the space it needs to disrupt a person’s heartbeat. The researchers were the first t[...]

Scott L. Hendricks honored with emeritus status

June 13th, 2018

Scott L. Hendricks, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of associate professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors[...]

Virginia Tech researchers awarded USDA grant to study the spread of devastating wheat diseases

May 24th, 2018

A Virginia Tech research project focused on the dispersal of two wheat pathogens will receive $498,708 over the next three years from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture program. Wheat is a s[...]

VTCRI wins award to develop test for mild traumatic brain injury, working with industry partners, University of Virginia

May 15th, 2018

Scientists at two of Virginia’s largest universities, working with clinicians from the two major health systems and a growing Virginia-based biotechnology company, have teamed up to address an important medical challenge — how do you accurately diagnose a mild traumatic brain injury [...]

Class of 2018: Daniel Surinach shapes the future of men’s reproductive health

May 7th, 2018

Despite its importance, research on men’s reproductive health is largely lacking in the biomedical community, due at least in part to the personal nature of these conditions. To combat this problem, Virginia Tech engineering science and mechanics senior Daniel Surinach is hopi[...]

Mauro Atalla to receive the Graduate Alumni Achievement Award on May 10

May 4th, 2018

Mauro Atalla '96 will receive the Graduate Alumni Achievement Award during the Graduate Commencement Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on May 10 at Cassell Coliseum on the Blacksburg campus. Atalla is the vice president of engineering and technology for Sensors and Integrated Systems, a business of U[...]

Alexandra Hyler named 2018 Graduate Student of the Year

May 3rd, 2018

Alexandra Hyler, the 2018 Graduate Student of the Year, had two goals in addition to earning her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech: to stay sane and stay out of the bubble. Hyler successfully defended her dissertation in biomedical engineeringthis spring and will receive her Ph.D. at the Graduate C[...]

Could soccer headgear reduce concussion risk? First-ever ratings say yes.

April 30th, 2018

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. And participation is rising in the United States, where it’s widely considered a safer alternative to other contact sports like football, which is facing heightened scrutiny as media coverage of brain injuries among NFL players has trained a s[...]

John Chappell earns NSF CAREER award to study pericyte and endothelial cell dynamics

April 26th, 2018

John Chappell, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics in the College of Engineering and a primary faculty member of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Devel[...]

Virginia Tech engineers host local students for hands-on National Biomechanics Day event

April 26th, 2018

A vertical jump test may be a common procedure for assessing lower body strength, but it’s not every day that teenagers get to compare their performance instantly with other teenagers across the state – and around the globe. More than 80 local students from Auburn, Floyd, Giles, a[...]