Stories for Gregorio Valdez

  • Challenge accepted: Ice bucket edition

    One, two, three! A collective shriek signaled the successful completion of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Ice Bucket Challenge. It was the second challenge of four, followed by students from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and then by the school’s deans and faculty members.
  • Fralin Fellows investigate origin of Lou Gehrig's disease

    Gregorio Valdez, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, brought on two undergraduate students – Zachary Kemp of Roanoke, Virginia, and Austin Tatum of Oak Ridge, Tennessee – as part of the Fralin Life Science Institute’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program to study how aging and age-related neurological diseases, such as ALS, affect motor functioning.
  • Deeper than, 'EvoCor' identifies gene relationships

    Gregorio Valdez, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and his team designed a search engine – called EvoCor – that identifies genes that are functionally linked. The name, a portmanteau of “evolution” and “correlation,” points to the idea that genes with a similar evolutionary history and expression pattern have evolved together to control a specific biological process.
  • Growth factors could be key to warding off symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and aging

    An early-career researcher at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has won his first major independent grant from the National Institutes of Health. And if his research pans out, the result could be a therapeutic technique to slow – or even stop – the onset of the most debilitating symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS.
  • Collaborations forged to create innovative solutions to children’s health issues

    Virginia Tech, Children’s National Medical Center, and George Washington University have partnered in a unique program to create research breakthroughs in children’s health. The three institutions contributed a total of $375,000 to support seven collaborative research projects that will use translational science to address health issues so complex they require new insights, conceptual approaches, and technological advances.
  • Brain Awareness Week will highlight the wonders of nature’s most remarkable machine

    Brain Awareness Week is designed to share the wonders of the brain, how it works, and what happens when it goes awry. A series of public events will also highlight advances in brain research.

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