Stories for Stephen M LaConte

  • VTCRI leads effort to develop test for mTBI with industry partners, University of Virginia

    Scientists at two of Virginia’s largest universities, working with clinicians from the two major health systems and a growing Virginia-based biotechnology company, have teamed up to address an important medical challenge — how do you accurately diagnose a mild traumatic brain injury that has subtle or no physical signs but can cause long-term damage?
  • VTCRI to host sixth annual Brain School, other Brain Awareness Week activities

    Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s sixth annual Brain School, “[Hijacking and Augmenting the Brain: Drugs, Bugs, and Devices](,” will focus on how outside factors can influence the brain’s chemistry and decision-making capacity and how the brain can interface with the outside world through digital devices. The school will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 12, through Wednesday, March 14, with each evening focusing on a different topic as a part of an international Brain Awareness Week campaign.
  • Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute partners with INSIGHTEC to research focused ultrasound technology

    Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) are partnering with INSIGHTEC to develop noninvasive treatments for brain disorders using Exablate Neuro focused ultrasound and Siemens MR imaging. Through this collaboration, the institute became INSIGHTEC's first nonclinical research site.
  • Early childhood education expert to cap Brain School, highlight Brain Awareness Week

    Greg J. Duncan, a distinguished professor in the School of Education, and departments of economics, psychology, and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine, will highlight Brain Awareness Week at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
  • Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute to host Brain Awareness Week

    Scientists will reveal more about what they have learned about the brain’s developmental journey when the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute opens its doors for its fifth annual Brain School during Brain Awareness Week from March 13-19.
  • Leader of NIH’s alcohol addiction research programs spoke Thursday at VTCRI

    George Koob, the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, will discuss the neurocircuitry of alcohol addiction at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Koob’s talk will be the first of the newly named Eric N. Shullman Distinguished Public Lecture Series. The six-year-old series was renamed in memory of Eric N. Shullman, a Roanoke resident and supporter of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s public lecture series.
  • Medical students to present findings from four years of research at annual symposium

    The third annual Medical Student Research Symposium at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine will feature the culmination of four years of research by 42 students on Tuesday, March 23 from 12 until 4:30 p.m.
  • Do you know what your brain knows?

    Stephen LaConte is researching whether the brain can neurally recognize emotion as part of a larger research project to develop a facial emotion recognition assistant for people with an autism spectrum disorder. The research group, under the umbrella of the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research through Virginia Tech’s Department of Psychology, received a National Institutes of Health grant to build this technology.

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