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Research team begins to bridge gap between intellectual disability, molecular function

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute discovered how mutations of a gene called CASK may cause genetic disorders such as microcephaly.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists unexpectedly find ALS affects sensory neurons involved in movement

The same nerves that keep a person from crushing a flower or dropping a water glass are teaching scientists something new about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.


Virginia Tech scientists find a small tweak may make a big difference in immune cell development

Environment can make all the difference in behavior – even at the cellular level. Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have discovered even a small shift in environmental factors can change how a cell in the immune system matures.

New book by Virginia Tech researchers explains how to model the immune system

The complexity of the human immune response has been difficult to characterize on a “big picture” level, but researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have written the book on how it can be done.

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Randy Forbes: Why the next decade of medical research matters

Adult stem cell research is also an issue where we see some refreshing agreement in the midst of a politically charged environment.

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Experimental treatment sends deadly leukemia into remission

An experimental new treatment approach for a rare, deadly leukemia can send the disease into remission even in patients for whom the standard therapy has failed, buying them more time to have the stem cell transplant that could save their lives, a small pilot study has found.

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UVA IDs best source of stem cells to block vision loss

University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have taken a significant step forward in their efforts to use stem cells to block vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy, a condition that affects millions of people with diabetes.

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Nearly indestructible virus yields tool to battle diseases

By unlocking the secrets of a bizarre virus that survives in nearly boiling acid, scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have found a blueprint for battling human disease using DNA clad in near-indestructible armor.

The best prostate cancer treatment: UVA research offers long-needed answers

Important news for men receiving treatment for prostate cancer: Two new studies from the University of Virginia School of Medicine have upended the widely held view that it’s best to delay radiation treatment as long as possible after the removal of the prostate in order to prevent unwanted side effects.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute to host third annual Brain School

With 86 billion neurons and more than 100 trillion synapses in your brain continuously passing information up to 200 miles an hour, your brain is right to believe it’s your most important organ.

More study needed to clarify impact of cellulose nanocrystals on human health

Are cellulose nanocrystals harmful to human health? The answer might depend on the route of exposure, according to a review of the literature by a Virginia Tech scientist, but there have been few studies and many questions remain.


New research may provide insight into reasons behind male infertility

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine researchers have identified a protein complex that is essential for formation of the sperm tail — findings that could lead to novel approaches to male contraception and clarify some of the unknown factors that contribute to male infertility.

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Major discovery on spinal injury reveals unknown immune response

In a discovery that could dramatically affect the treatment of brain and spinal cord injuries, researchers have identified a previously unknown, beneficial immune response that occurs after injury to the central nervous system.

A Will Hammer congressional term

So you may be asking yourself, What would a Will Hammer congressional term look like, and how would it affect me? Well, I cannot guarantee enactment or repeal of particular legislation,

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Randy Forbes: Let’s talk about reliability

Let’s talk about reliability. We rely on our cars to start in the morning when we head off to work. We rely on our refrigerators to keep our food fresh and unspoiled. We rely on our electricity to keep our homes powered.


VCU to partner with medical school in Kazakhstan

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine announced Wednesday an educational, clinical and research exchange partnership with Kazakh National Medical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Kaine, Warner praise passage of kids’ research bill

Bipartisan legislation championed by U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to support federal funding for pediatric medical research passed the Senate today and will now go to the president for his signature.

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UVa. researchers aim to slash number of donated lungs that go to waste

Groundbreaking research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine that aims to dramatically increase the number of lungs that can be used for transplant has received a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The work seeks to use a drug developed at UVA to rehabilitate lungs that are currently deemed unusable.

UVa. grants fund medicine of tomorrow

The University of Virginia Health System has selected five ambitious proposals that could create transformative advances in medicine as the inaugural recipients of its new clinical research grants.

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New technique can identify role of proteins with unknown function

An ingenious new technique is making it quicker and easier for scientists to identify the function of uncharacterized proteins in cells. The method, developed by researchers primarily from the Wladek Minor laboratory at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, already is being used to solve some of the most stubborn mysteries of cellular function.