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VTCRI Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors opens

Dennis Dean, Ph.D., Director of the Fralin Life Science Institute, Michael Friedlander, Ph.D. Executive Director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Matt Hulver, Ph.D. Co-Director, Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors, Warren Bickel, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors, Steve Arner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carilion Medical Center, and Sally Morton, Ph.D., Dean, College of Science take part in the opening of the Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors (CTRHB) lab to research lifestyle diseases like obesity and diabetes. (David Hungate for VTCRI)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- A new program by the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is aiming to help people and learn at the same time.

Staff officially opened the new Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors.

The goal, to help people who are suffering from conditions because of their own behavior, like obesity, certain types of diabetes and addiction.

They also want to learn the best way to help people.

"We have methods that work, but they're not perfect. Right. They don't get everyone to do well. And it's some cases, actually we could stand a great deal of improvement in how we treat people. That's going to require understanding the nature of the disorder better and then devising new ways to institute a health behavior change and that's what we're focused on," explained VTCRI's Warren Bickel.

Here's a reason this is good for everyone, cutting back on these behaviors can actually help lower health care costs for everybody.

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