The NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently awarded the Scripps Research team two separate grants totaling $7.5 million. The five-year grants will allow the researchers, led by Dr. Olivier George, to combine next-generation sequencing with rodent behavioral screening in a genetically diverse, nonhuman animal model of drug addiction. They will also create shared tissue banks for other researchers to use in addiction-related studies.
Dr. George’s group will collaborate with the lab of Dr. Leah Catherine Solberg Woods at Wake Forest University, who will breed the rats, and the lab of Dr. Abraham Palmer, who will genotype them. The behavioral testing and biobanking will be done at Scripps.
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