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SIUE School of Pharmacy, SLU Pharmacology Receive $975K NIH Grant
Date:11/2/2009

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy has been awarded -- along with the Saint Louis University Department of Pharmacology and Physiology -- a $974,024 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study ways of relieving chronic pain through new approaches in treating neuroinflammation.

Edwardsville, Ill. (Vocus) November 2, 2009 -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy has been awarded -- along with the Saint Louis University Department of Pharmacology and Physiology -- a $974,024 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study ways of relieving chronic pain through new approaches in treating neuroinflammation.

Funding for the NIH grant was made possible in part by federal stimulus funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Professor Daniela Salvemini, an associate professor of pharmacological and physiological science at the SLU School of Medicine, and William Neumann, an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry in the SIUE School of Pharmacy, are the project's principal researchers who will be studying how "peroxynitrite" (produced in the body in inflammatory settings) can actually cause chronic pain when the body produces too much of the chemical.

According to the research abstract filed by Salvemini and Neumann, chronic pain is a global problem but in the United States alone one third of Americans suffer from it. However, about 30 percent of those chronic pain sufferers report that drugs now available on the market do not help the problem.

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