UT gets $4.5M grant for drug abuse research

Austin Business Journals
Monday, August 18, 2003

The University of Texas has secured a $4.5 million federal grant for brain imaging equipment to study the effect of drug abuse.

UT will receive and operate one of the most sophisticated functional magnetic resonance imaging machines in the country through funding from the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will provide additional support to explore how the brain is affected by drug and alcohol abuse. Substance abuse researchers use the machines to reveal the processes in the brain that result in addiction.

UT is the first institution without a medical research unit on its campus to obtain an functional magnetic resonance imaging machine and one of the first to receive funding from the VA.

The university's Institute for Advanced Technology and Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research spearheaded the proposal and will manage the machine.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging is a noninvasive technology that can be used to study anatomy, function and neurochemistry in humans and animals. It creates three-dimensional, high-resolution pictures of the body through the use of a magnetic field.

Other institutions that have received imaging equipment include McLean Hospital, a psychiatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School; Oregon Health and Science University in Portland; Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

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