Neuroscience at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is in the midst of unprecedented growth in neurobiology-related research, training, and education.
In 2010, Virginia Tech opened Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, an institute focused on translational, biomedical research with over 20 neuroscience laboratories exploring brain development, function and disease. The focus of neuroscience at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC is broad, spanning from cell and molecular neurobiology to clinical research in human populations. Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC neuroscientists are clustered into several centers, which include the Center for Neurobiology Research (CNR; directed by Michael Fox), the Center for Glial Biology in Health, Disease and Cancer (CGBHDC; directed by Harald Sontheimer), the Addiction Recovery Research Center (ARRC; directed by Warren Bickel), the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory (HNL; directed by Read Montague), the Neuromotor Research Clinic (NRC; co-directed by Sharon Ramey and Stephanie DeLuca), the the Center of Transformative Research on Health Behaviors (TRHB; directed by Warren Bickel and Matt Hulver).
Virginia Tech also recently established a first-of-its-kind School of Neuroscience (SON; directed by Harald Sontheimer). In its first three years, the SON successfully recruited over 12 tenure-track faculty, with many additional tenure-track faculty recruits expected over the next few years.
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC and the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience compliment existing strengths in neurobiology in the VT Department of Biological Sciences, the VT Department of Psychology, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Biocomplexity Institute and the VT College of Engineering.
Taken together, this breadth of approaches and expertise makes neurobiology research and education at VT unique and exciting. Virginia Tech labs are studying the brain from genes to behavior, and at every level between, and incorporating undergraduate researchers in all of these studies.
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