Meet the human brain researchers

Leading human brain researchers, along with their teams, will heavily use the MRIs at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Among them are:


Read Montague Read Montague


Warren Bickel Warren Bickel


Brooks King-Casas Brooks King-Casas


Stephen LaConte Stephen LaConte


Pearl Chiu Pearl Chiu


Ann Harvey Ann Harvey

Read Montague is the world leader in the use of fMRI in the study of the underpinnings of how the human brain creates and utilizes social cognition. His work, strongly based in computation and mathematics, has provided unique insights into the normal human brain’s ability to make decisions as well as how such functions are affected such conditions as autism, personality disorders, and addiction and substance abuse. He received a principal research fellowship from the Wellcome Trust, one of the highest honors from the organization. The award provides long-term support for researchers of international standing and was given to Montague in recognition for his work seeking to connect social cognition to psychopathologies using a range of neuroimaging and electrochemical techniques.

Warren Bickel studies how the brain discounts time in the future when we make decisions about our health, including smoking and other addictions. 

Brooks King-Casas uses fMRI to study how the human brain is affected by traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder in civilians and in veterans.

Stephen LaConte is developing advanced neuroimaging acquisition and data analysis approaches, aimed at understanding and rehabilitating neurological and psychiatric diseases.

Pearl Chiu uses fMRI to probe the mysteries of the human mind when functions go awry, such as in depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ann Harvey is coordinating the Roanoke Brain Study, a longitudinal research project designed to study the types of decisions people make every day using a combination of neuroimaging, genetics, and behavior.

Meet the other faculty members at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, the Human Neuroimaginig Lab Fellows, and graduate students.

Investigators from the Virginia Tech campus will also use the facility in their research programs.

For more information on this topic, contact Susan Trulove at (540) 231-5646.

    The MRI machine is installed Nov. 17, 2010, at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

A magnetic resonance imaging machine (MRI) was delivered to the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Nov. 17, 2010, and installing the 30,000-pound machine proved nothing short of dramatic. More significant, it is a critical tool for unparalleled new programs, including the Roanoke Brain Study.