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Gov. McAuliffe speaks in support of life sciences and meets with VCU entrepreneurs

Gov. McAuliffe speaks in support of life sciences and meets with VCU entrepreneurs

Innovation and entrepreneurship in the biological sciences are essential for bolstering Virginia’s economy, Gov. Terry McAuliffe told a room of students, faculty, state delegates and entrepreneurs at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park on Monday morning. The governor was at the research park to speak about the important role life sciences play in the state econo

“The best year of my life:” Neurosurgery resident conducts brain tumor research in New Zealand

“The best year of my life:” Neurosurgery resident conducts brain tumor research in New Zealand

As a sixth-year neurosurgery resident at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Lisa Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., aches for her patients battling aggressive brain tumors. Despite surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, the average life expectancy for patients diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, the most aggressive type of brain tumor, is 15 months. “We have to do better than that,” Feldman said. “It’s so frustrating. I see so many patients suffering.”

Replicating research

Replicating research

When twins Cathy and Christine Davison were 9 years old, Virginia Commonwealth University researchers attached electrodes to their arms and asked them a series of increasingly difficult math questions. “Then they had us run on a treadmill with the electrodes,” Cathy recently recalled, 25 years after the test.

At WHO in Geneva, VCU post-doc fellow works on tobacco regulatory policy

At WHO in Geneva, VCU post-doc fellow works on tobacco regulatory policy

A postdoctoral researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University just wrapped up a prestigious three-month internship with the World Health Organization in Geneva, working on regulatory policies related to tobacco. Carolina Ramôa, Ph.D., interned with the WHO’s Department of Noncommunicable Diseases within the Tobacco Free Initiative, which was launched in 1998 to reduce the global burden of disease and death caused by tobacco, thereby protecting present and future generations from the health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.

Physical therapy program offers help for infants with delayed skills

Physical therapy program offers help for infants with delayed skills

Soon after he was born, Miles Mrozinski’s parents knew he would be developmentally delayed. He was diagnosed with Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy, a brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain during birth. It is the leading cause of death or severe impairment in infants and can be permanent.

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