The UCSF-affiliated Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center has been selected to administer and manage a U.S. Army-funded research program intended to accelerate the discovery and development of new medications to treat alcohol and substance abuse in the context of post-traumatic stress and combat injury.
The new program, known as the Institute for Molecular Neuroscience (IMN), will rely on the expertise of a team of national experts who are unaffiliated with grant applicants to conduct an independent, peer-review process.
The first round of pilot research grants awarded by the IMN was announced today, July 11, 2012.
"The IMN Program holds great promise for combating national security health issues," said John A. De Luca, PhD, chairman of the board of the Gallo Center and senior advisor to University of California President Mark Yudof. "It was created through Congressional appropriations to the Department of Defense in recognition of the increasing problem of alcohol and substance abuse facing our military personnel and veterans." In many cases, he added, "substance abuse is related to post-traumatic stress or other combat related injuries, which can significantly impair patient medical treatment."
The Gallo Center is a nationally recognized center of excellence for research in the neurobiology of addiction. "IMN," according to William R. Sawyers, chief administrative officer of the IMN and the Gallo Center, "is a program of national importance, and we hope it serves as a model for future Department of Defense research efforts."
Grant recipients in this initial round of funding are:
Steven L. Batki Northern California Institute for Research and Education (NCIRE) $598,519
John C. Crabbe Oregon Health & Science University $315,170
Howard L. Fields Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center $450,000
R. Adron Harris University of Texas at Austin $247,390
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