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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A research team at Virginia Commonwealth University has received a $6.9 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to expand its research program examining the molecular and genetic causes of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health is planning to fund research into the genetic and epigenetic factors that may promote alcohol and drug co-addiction, according to a funding announcement published this week.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health has scratched a plan it had been considering to pull its two research institutes that focus on the abuse of and addiction to drugs and alcohol into one single institute that would focus on addiction and substance abuse.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism plans to support a resource that will develop a bank of brain tissues with related DNA samples that researchers can use to d

NIDA and NIAAA will fund grants to dive into the ways that gene-environment interactions are involved in substance use disorders and treatments.

New grants from the NIA and NIAAA will support a DNA sample storage resource and a genetics data warehouse.

The institute plans to issue a funding announcement for a repository to store samples and conduct DNA extraction and genotyping.

The initiative will support high-throughput screening efforts to discover biomarker panels – including protein signatures – useful for diagnostic and monitoring purposes, said an agency official.

A grant program will provide up to $3.5 million in 2011 to SBIR and STTR grant winners to develop biomarkers for alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol-related organ damages.

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