• Researchers collaborate to address water and health issues in rural China and Appalachia

        On Oct. 4, the first-ever Water & Health in Rural China & Appalachia Conference kicked off at Virginia Tech on the Blacksburg campus. This event also marked the formal inclusion of Virginia Tech in a collaborative research program with researchers from UC Berkeley and China. Inadequate access to safe drinking water remains a substantial problem for low-income rural communities around the world. From central Appalachia to rural China, the causes and consequences of water contamination and unreliable access to safe water overlap considerably.

      • New style of partnership is next step in fighting opioid addiction

        WSLS 10 coverage of the Virginia Higher Education Opioid Consortium, or VHEOC, which is a collaboration of five Virginia public universities (George Mason University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia State University and Virginia Tech) working together to support local Community Services Boards (CSBs) to prevent and treat opioid and other substance use disorders with cutting edge academic resources.

      • Virginia Tech researchers join global effort to develop a new vector control strategy to prevent malaria

        A multidisciplinary team of Virginia Tech researchers has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from Unitaid to undertake the economic and environmental impact assessments for BOHEMIA (Broad One Health Endectocide-based Malaria Intervention in Africa), a four-year project that will conduct two clinical trials in different eco-epidemiological settings in eastern and southern Africa: Tanzania and Mozambique. For two consecutive years, ivermectin will be distributed in mass drug administration (MDA) campaigns to humans and livestock in order to kill the mosquitoes that transmit malaria, an effort that ultimately seeks to reduce the disease’s transmission.

      • National Institutes of Health provides $23 million for statewide translational research institute

        The integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) has been awarded a five-year grant of nearly $23 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to advance innovative ideas from the point of discovery to implementation in clinical practice and population health. ITHRIV includes the University of Virginia, Inova Health System, Virginia Tech, and Carilion Clinic as partners, with the Center for Open Science and UVA’s Licensing & Ventures Group as affiliates. The focus of iTHRIV is “using data to improve health” and leverages the data science expertise across the state.

      • Virginia Cooperative Extension forms key partnerships to tackle the state’s opioid epidemic

        Virginia Cooperative Extension was awarded a $1.28 million grant for collaborative opioid work through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The grant was one of only six conferred nationally for addressing community needs. “The rates of death as a result of opioid overdose are climbing, and they are over 50 percent greater in rural Southwest Virginia than for the state,” said Kathy Hosig, “There is a clear role for Virginia Tech and Virginia Cooperative Extension to provide safety education and training at the community level to help stop the cycle of abuse.”

      • Award-winning app reveals where resources are most needed in weather emergencies

        PIE Viz, a new tool developed by the Population Health Sciences Department and the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, could help disaster planners address extreme weather risks before they happen. The web-delivered PIE Viz application connects national, local, and regional data about excessive heat, power outages, and environmental pollution to their impacts on populations. By providing detailed estimates of the number of socially isolated people per county, it allows public health officials to tailor their response plans to conditions on the ground.