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GW Professor Receives Grant to Study the Role of Genes in Drug Addiction

Norman H. Lee, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), received a $405,001 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to continue to study the correlation between genetics and susceptibility to drug abuse. The award will fund Lee’s continuing investigation into drug addiction, titled “Conditional Dicer1 Manipulation to Study miRNA Involvement in Opioids Addiction,” for the next two years.

Identifying the Origins of Disorders of Cortical Connectivity

For the past nine years, Anthony-Samuel LaMantia, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and physiology, has been investigating how behavioral disorders such as schizophrenia, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) arise during early brain development. The latest installment of his 10-year RO1 grant from the NIH and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development for his project, titled “Regulation of 22q11 Genes in Embryonic and Adult Forebrain,” will allow him to further his exploration into pre-frontal cortex and what he calls disorders of cortical connectivity.