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Marshall to receive grant from National Institute on Drug Abuse

Oct. 03, 2009 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology will receive a $35,309 grant from the the National Institute on Drug Abuse through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a release from Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.

The money will help fund research on the gap between methamphetamine neurotoxicity and effective therapeutic intervention. Studies are designed to help prevent neurological damage to those with methamphetamine addiction.

"In order to develop effective therapeutics to combat the brain damage seen in methamphetamine addicts, it is essential to first understand how the brain damage occurs," Melinda Lea Asbury, Marshall University MD/PhD student and principal investigator for the study, said in the release. "This research proposal is aimed at determining, on a molecular level, what happens inside brain cells to cause them to die after being exposed to methamphetamine. In light of this new-found information, the scientific community will be closer to developing new and effective treatments for methamphetamine toxicity."

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