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Feb. 6, 2023

‘The right place’: Sisters with rare disorder find help

When Emily Burkhart's second daughter was born, she knew. The newborn had a noticeably small head that announced what tests would later confirm - a rare genetic disorder. Burkhart knew what she was seeing because she’d seen this before – in her first daughter.  And because of that, she knew exactly where to find help: the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Neuromotor Research Clinic.


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    Honoring Black history , article

    The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC is honored to share in the recognition and celebration of Black history month. We are especially proud to recognize and celebrate our faculty, staff and students at the Research Institute and across the entire Health Sciences and Technology Campus as well as the many other Black scientists and biomedical researchers who have contributed to the health science enterprise across the world over many years.

We are committed to making our workplace inclusive for everyone. Read our Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Principles of Human Dignity and Non-Discrimination, and visit our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion page for more information. 

Applications for the Fralin Health Sciences and Technology Commercialization Fellows Program are now open.

It is recommended that a well-fitted mask should be worn on the Health Sciences and Technology campus.  Read the latest COVID-19 guidelines.

Creating a healthier future. For everyone.

The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC is one of the nation’s fastest-growing academic biomedical research enterprises and a destination for world-class researchers. The institute’s Virginia Tech scientists focus on diseases that are the leading causes of death and suffering in the United States, including brain disorders, heart disease, and cancer. Since its founding in 2010, the research institute has experienced unprecedented growth: doubling its enterprise and lab facilities in Roanoke, while also investing in brand-new laboratories on the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus in Washington, D.C.

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Giving to the Research Institute

Your generous support of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute's rigorous biomedical research enterprise makes a difference for our faculty, students, and patients. Every donation helps accelerate the pace of new discoveries to help patients with cancer, neurological disorders, heart disease, and even rare genetic disorders. Private donations fast-track our progress.