Carilion Roanoke opens a new research center

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- More world-class research is taking place in Roanoke.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute opened a new research center Wednesday.

The one of a kind center will focus on research into diseases that are caused by a person's behavior.

"I think we will be able to contribute new information, new intervention, figure out how we can help implement it to improve not only Southwestern Virginia but hopefully take that information and bring it to the rest of the country and indeed to everyone throughout the world.", says Warren Bickel, co-director at Virginia Tech Carilion.

Doctors say some of the illnesses they'll be looking into will include type 2 diabetes and obesity.