Hulver Bickel
Two authorities in lifestyle disease research — Matthew Hulver (left) and Warren Bickel will lead a new research center to understand and tackle the threat of diseases people often bring upon themselves.

A new research center to tackle the threat of lifestyle diseases — medical conditions such as obesity that are caused or aggravated by a person’s own behavior — will be established at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in the heart of the Roanoke Innovation District.

Scientists and clinicians throughout Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic will join forces at the new VTCRI Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors in a strategic effort to protect the health of people in Virginia and the United States. The initiative will be led by two authorities in lifestyle disease research — Warren Bickel, the Virginia Tech Carilion Behavioral Health Research Professor, and Matthew Hulver, the head of the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise.   Read more...

Recent honors & awards:

  • Recent graduating senior Jacob Long was honored  Ut Prosim Aspire! Award
  • George Davis and Elena Serrano received the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s prestigious Quality of Communication Award for "Food and Nutrition Economics: Fundamentals for Health Sciences."
  • Rising senior Seyi Olusina has been selected as the undergraduate student representative to the Board of Visitors next year.
  • Recent Internship graduate Jenny Dang was honored with the 2017 Cindy Reeser Undergraduate DPD/Dietetic Intern Award.
  • Heather Cox was selected as ACEND's Area 6 Outstanding Dietetic Educator in the Didactic Program in Dietetics category for 2017!
Brenda Davy
Congratulations to Brenda Davy, who received the 2017 Achievement Award at the 2017 Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Symposium! Each year, SCAN recognizes a practitioner who has played a significant role in the evolution of SCAN through both outstanding service to the organization and professional accomplishments in the field. With Brenda are current and past students: Samantha Kostelnik, Katarina Smiljanec, Mary Elizabeth Baugh, Cortney Steele, Tanya Halliday, Lori Moore, Emily VanDerBrink, and Brittany Thorpe.
David Brown
Virginia Tech Associate Professor David Brown (center) worked with Ph.D. students Mitchell Allen (right) and Justin Perry on a research project that found dysfunction at the molecular level during heart failure. Understanding this abnormality could lead to new approaches for treating the No. 1 killer among men and women worldwide.

David Brown leads a team that examines molecular-level problems of heart disease. In a recent study, they teamed up with cardiologists and heart therapy scientists from across the U.S. and Europe and found that dysfunction at the molecular level is present in heart failure. Understanding this abnormality could lead to new approaches for treating the No. 1 killer among men and women worldwide.

Judy Midkff, Governor McAuliffe, and Anna Midkiff
FNP's Judy Midkiff with Governor McAuliffe and her daughter Anna at the Governor's Mansion to celebrate the launch of Project 365, a USDA Child Hunger Demonstration Grant . FNP is partnering with several state agencies to implement Project 365, which has three goals: to end childhood hunger in participating areas by 2018, to nourish student’s minds and bodies for improved school performance, and to be the nation’s leader in ending childhood hunger through partnerships and collaboration and innovative service delivery.

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