Drug Addiction Research

Drug Addiction Research

Drug Addiction Research

Charles R. Drew University
MIDARP's 8th Annual Drug Addiction Research Symposium
Friday, June 14, 2013
Keck Auditorium

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The Minority Institutions Drug Abuse Research Program (MIDARP) (R24DA017298) has been funded by the National institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) since 2004. Theodore C. Friedman, MD, PhD is the program director and Vishnudutt Purohit, Ph.D. The theme of the grant is Drug Addiction is a Brain Disease and it Matters.

The aims of the MIDARP are to

  • Develop drug abuse research at CDU
  • Provide research development support and experiences to faculty and staff to facilitate independent drug abuse research careers
  • Foster interest in drug abuse research for students and residents and provide them research experiences
  • Provide for continued drug abuse research funded by NIDA or other agencies.
  • Specifically encourage the development of minority faculty and students.

There are currently four research projects on MIDARP:

  • Addiction Parameters and Opiate Biosynthesis in PC2/b-endorphin Knockout Mice, PI: Friedman, T.C.
  • Endogenous beta-endorphin/Enkephalin and Cocaine Addiction, PI: Lutfy, K.
  • Exacerbation of high fat diet-induced hepatic steatosis and skeletal muscle abnormalities by nicotine in obese mice, PI: Sinha-Hikim, A.
  • Effects of Varenicline on Alcohol and Nicotine Consumption and changes in Dopamine D2-like Receptor Availability in High-Alcohol Preferring Mice, PI; Brown, A.

The grant also aims to increase student involvement in research related to substance abuse.

MIDARP hosts a yearly symposium showcasing research on substance abuse from CDU and its affiliates.

The 8th Drug Abuse Research Symposium  occurred on Friday, June 14, 2013 “Drug Addiction is a Brain Disease”.
The 7th drug abuse research conference occurred on August 17, 2012. Talks (.mp4), slides, pictures and Biosketches of speakers and abstracts of student presentations are available.
The 6th drug abuse research conference. occurred on August 10, 2010 and talks and schedule can be viewed.

The schedule of prior drug abuse research conferences can also be viewed.
The 5th drug abuse research conference occurred on July 31, 2009.
The 4th drug abuse research conference ) occurred on September 26, 2008.
The 3rd drug abuse research conference occurred on February 7, 2007.
The2nd drug abuse research conference occurred on August 6, 2006.
The 1st drug abuse research conference occurred on July 28, 2005.
Selected slides or abstracts may be available from Dr. Friedman (drugabuseresearch@cdrewu.edu).

For more information about drug abuse research at CDU, please contact Dr. Friedman at 310-668-5197 or drugabuseresearch@cdrewu.edu