Lee, associate vice president for research and innovation for the Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance at Virginia Tech, testified Wednesday to the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight regarding the critical issue of how the U.S. collects, uses, and communicates the meaning of health data during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The downward trend of cases indicates that the majority of students have embraced public health guidelines and avoided potentially dangerous situations, such as crowded indoor spaces or parties. With cooler temperatures approaching, it's crucial that guidelines continue to be followed in the weeks ahead.
Renowned tick immunobiologist Utpal Pal, professor in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, aims to adapt the rabies vaccination platform to produce antibodies that can protect against Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease.
Since June, Deborah Birx has visited universities in numerous states to learn about each institution’s approach to COVID-19. The universities that are most successful in managing COVID-19 worked hard during the summer to develop a plan for the fall semester, she said.
Research expenditures are up and sponsored awards have increased by 15 percent, building upon the prior year’s expenditure total of $542 million, despite the impact of COVID-19 felt nationally by higher education institutes, according to preliminary fiscal year-end reports.
The advance will allow the university to monitor clusters of campus buildings on a daily basis, testing for the presence of the virus in fecal matter. If the testing shows positive results, the university can then conduct targeted testing among individuals to zero in on possible infections.
Four years ago, a casual hallway conversation between Virginia Tech "work buddies" Brian Huddleston and Heather Parrish led them to embark on a life-transforming journey: a kidney donation to resolve Huddleston’s genetic kidney disorder.
A multidisciplinary team is helping the university better understand and plan for impacts of COVID-19 through institution-specific models, outbreak simulations, and impact on regional hospital resources predictions.
Pods are small groups of people who make a commitment to rigorously following safety measures, including face coverings and physical distancing, outside of the pod, so they can interact with one another more closely and in a more relaxed environment within the pod.
After the TECH Together Campaign launched in July, a whopping 76 applications from 20 different colleges and departments were submitted. Of those, 10 finalists and 5 winners have been chosen to implement their creative, innovative, and integrated solutions for the reopening of Virginia Tech campuses this fall.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse recently awarded a $2.6 million grant to researchers at East Tennessee State University and Virginia Tech to develop studies on how best to provide peer support services for individuals being treated for opioid use disorder.
The mandatory COVID-19 testing for on-campus residents was one of several topics related to the university’s updated plan for testing, tracing, and case management discussed during a virtual town hall with Virginia Tech leaders on July 31.
The center will be administratively established as an institute-level center in the Fralin Life Science Institute and will include faculty participants from at least seven colleges and more than 25 departments on campus.
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Fund has initiated a campus-wide competition open to Virginia Tech students, seeking proposals for creative, innovative, and integrated solutions for a safe reopening of Virginia Tech campuses this fall.
Seleem, whose research has been dedicated to bacteriology, bacterial pathogenesis, and antimicrobial drug discovery, will lead the veterinary college's efforts in building infectious disease research capacity and will contribute to Virginia Tech's long-term research goals.
Housed in the Center for One Health Research on the Virginia Tech campus, the decontamination system is helping to stretch supplies for the region's health systems, such as Carilion Clinic, the Roanoke-based nonprofit that comprises hundreds of clinics, hospitals, and specialist offices throughout Southwest Virginia.
To support COVID-related research and provide immediate support for Virginia Tech researchers, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation collaborated with Virginia Tech institutes and colleges to establish a COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Fund. As a result, nine projects were selected for funding.
A board-certified diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal) and a member of the Virginia Tech community since 1982, Scarratt provided veterinary support for research projects that helped advance the understanding of infectious diseases affecting food animals.