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Newly Discovered Mode of Drinking in Mosquitoes Carries Biomedical Implications
BEAM Associate Professor Jake Socha talks about his recent study in Scientific Reports detailing the discovery of a new mode of drinking in mosquitoes, which the researchers have named the burst mode. The team used the synchrotron x-ray facility at Argonne National Laboratory to collect live videos of the mosquitoes' drinking mechanisms.
Mosquitoes and the diseases they carry remain an ongoing focus of public health concern. These new findings on the insect’s feeding mechanisms and modalities could have larger implications for how scientists address mosquito-borne disease transmission in future research.
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General ItemTwo researchers earn grant to streamline simulation of fluid contamination disasters
The National Science Foundation grant is to study how computational fluid mechanics — the use of computers to study movement of fluid — can improve forecasts of contaminant spread in the ocean, floodwaters, and atmosphere.
General ItemNext phase of national concussion study relies on experts across the university
Since 2015, researchers at Virginia Tech have been participating in the most comprehensive concussion study in the world. The massive project, funded jointly by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the U.S. Department of Defense, has received an additional $22.5 million to support two more years of research at universities across the country.
General ItemNew drug application stops spread of brain cancer cells caused by clinical treatment approach
The study details the use of a drug that can block the way cancer cells respond to fluid flow. This work is part of a Munson-led five-year research grant project across multiple universities, examining the role of interstitial fluid flow in the spread of glioma cells.
General ItemVirginia Tech leads $2.6 million study of brain trauma, epilepsy connection
BEAM faculty member and interim department chair Pamela VandeVord will serve as a key member of the team, studying specific aspects of the glial response in the brain.
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Virginia Tech engineers have teamed up with a choreographer for a radical, creative approach to visualizing microscopic acoustic phenomena. The goal? Developing technologies that could lead to more effective treatments for cancer and other diseases.
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