Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC spans 100,000 square feet of space near downtown Roanoke, Virginia, adjacent to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Health Sciences and Technology Campus in the Roanoke Innovation Corridor. A unique public-private partnership, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC opened its doors in 2010. Research at the Institute bridges basic science work at Virginia Tech and clinical expertise at Carilion Clinic to increase translational research opportunities for both partners.
The institute provides state-of-the-art facilities for translational biomedical research and houses 26 research teams led by internationally-recognized scientists. These inter- and transdisciplinary research teams include investigators with expertise in biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, genetics, mathematics, physics and psychology. Working together, they seek to discover the fundamental processes of life and to solve the major health challenges facing the region, the nation, and the world.
Research Areas at FBRI include:
- Cancer biology
- Cardiovascular function and disease
- Glial cell biology in health, disease and cancer
- Human development
- Immunology and infectious disease
- Neuroscience and translational neurobiology
- Regenerative medicine
- Substance abuse
- Social cognition and the neurobiology of decision-making
- Public health