News and Discoveries 

Below are links to News and Discoveries from labs within the CNR.

The Fox Lab

Roanoke-based Virginia Tech graduate student selected as a Society for Neuroscience fellow

VTCRI to host sixth annual Brain School, other Brain Awareness week activities

VTCRI summer undergraduate neuroscience research federally funded for five more years

Graduate student recognized with professional development award by Society for Neuroscience

Undergraduates will spend summer learning what it means to be biomedical research scientists in and out of the lab

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute to host Brain Awareness Week

Developmental and Translational Neurobiology Center to open at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists find molecular clue in development of schizophrenia

Parasite may alter signaling in the brain

“Brainbow” reveals surprising data about visual connections in the brain

Michael Fox named 2015 NARSAD Independent Investigator

The Farris Lab


The Friedlander Lab

In supporting research institute, Heywood Fralin encourages others to get involved

$50 million gift transforming biomedical research institute

Record $50 million gift to Virginia Tech results in naming of Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

VTCRI executive director addresses state business community on how healthy early brain development affects education, work force issues

Leaders mark construction milestone for VTC Biomedical Research Addition

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

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute announces leading executives have joined its advisory board

Virginia Tech Foundation, Carilion Clinic form new VTC Innovation Fund

Virginia Tech partners with Nordic universities to host first international precision neuroscience conference

Scientists find brain plasticity assorted into functional networks

Attorney General meets with VTC researchers on heroin and substance abuse

Michael Friedlander to be Ferrum College’s next executive in residence 

Michael Friedlander delivers keynote address to college presidents


The Morozov Lab

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

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists mentor award-winning high school students

Psychiatric disorders linked to a protein involved in the formation of long-term memories

Alexei Morozov and colleagues discover a protein that regulates synaptic ion channels that have been tied to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia


The Mukherjee Lab

VTCRI researchers join forces to improve life for children with genetic disorder

Research reveals biological mechanism of a leading cause of childhood blindness

UVA, Virginia Tech Carilion partner to fund leading-edge, cross-university neuroscience

Microcephaly secrets waiting to be discovered in genome, VTCRI researchers say

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute team begins to bridge gap between intellectual disability and molecular function

Konark Mukherjee presents new animal model for pervasive diseases

Konark Mukherjee’s work on CASK garners attention in Science article

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists fight childhood blindness


The Pan Lab

Eminent scholar in developmental neuroscience joins Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute


The Swanger Lab


The Valdez Lab

VTCRI scientists find that sensory neurons can be used to discover therapies for ALS

Scientists gain insight into the earliest changes that impair motor function during aging

Dr. Valdez is recognized with 2018’s College of Science Diversity Award

Scientists watch the CLOCK gene for potential epilepsy connections

Dr. Greg Valdez and Milagros Tenga, postdoctoral fellow in the Valdez Lab, publish Loss of CLOCK Results in Dysfunction of Brain Circuits Underlying Focal Epilepsy

VTCRI prepares to welcome leading scientists, host Central Virginia Society for Neuroscience meeting

Resveratrol protects neuromuscular synapses, muscle fibers in aging mice

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists develop new technology to assess nerve regeneration

Protective molecules sidelined in models of Lou Gehrig’s disease

Scientists unexpectedly find ALS affects sensory neurons involved in movement

Growth factors could be key to warding off symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and aging

Deeper than, “EvoCor” identifies gene relationships