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Scripps research scientist wins $3.6 million NIH Method to Extend Research in Time award to study alcoholism in Native Americans
Date:9/27/2011

ifference in alcohol metabolism and in fact have a genetic resistance to the effects of alcohol so that they can drink significant amounts of alcohol and not feel as intoxicated, putting them at greater risk for becoming heavy drinkers.

"Inherited factors can influence risk for alcoholism, including a less-intense response to alcohol," she said, "but genetic factors are mainly important through their interaction with the environment. Native Americans in the past have been exposed to a number of environmental factors including historical traumas such as loss of lands, relocation, and forced attendance at boarding schools, to name a few. We hope this project will allow the effects of these historical traumas as well as current environmental factors such as underage drinking to be explored and integrated with genetic factors in order to understand the larger picture of how alcoholism develops in this community."


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Contact: Mika Ono
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