Grant: $66,826 - National Institutes of Health - Sep. 21, 2009
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Award Description: Adolescence marks a critical period in development in which individuals are particularly vulnerable to developing problems with substance abuse and dependence. Using an animal model, we will examine the effects of social contact with a companion with access to drugs (i.e., a co-user) versus without access to drugs (i.e., an abstainer) on cocaine self-administration in adolescent rats. We will examine these effects in both males and females to determine whether there are sex differences in the effects of social contact on drug-seeking behavior. Consistent with the aims of the program announcement from the National Institutes of Health (NOT-OD-09-058), this project will (1) greatly accelerate the tempo of our research examining the effects of social and environmental manipulations on measures of drug self-administration, (2) address an area of high scientific priority for the National Institute on Drug Abuse by investigating sex differences in drug-seeking behavior, (3) provide full-time salary support for the principal investigator during a sabbatical leave, (4) provide funds for procuring additional major equipment, and (5) allow the contractual hiring of a paid consultant . Consistent with the aims of the parent mechanism (R15), the project will also provide valuable research experience for undergraduate students enrolled at Davidson College.
Project Description: This is a research project that will examine social factors influencing cocaine self-administration in an animal model of drug-seeking behavior. The project will address an area of high scientific priority for NIDA by investigating sex differences in drug-seeking behavior, provide full-time salary support for the principal investigator during a sabbatical leave, provide funds for procuring additional major equipment, and allow the contractual hiring of a paid consultant. The project will also provide valuable research experience for undergraduate students enrolled at Davidson College. The start date for this award was less than 10 days ago and we have no activities to report at this time. Next week, we will have a meeting with our paid consultant on the project, and we anticipate placing the first equipment order by the end of the month so that preliminary data collection can begin by the end of the year.
Jobs Summary: No jobs have been created at this juncture. Beginning January 1, funds from the award will provide full-time salary support for one faculty member on sabbatical leave (100% effort) and the contractual hiring of one paid consultant. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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