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Publish Date: 10/27/00
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Researchers Awarded NIDA Grant

Cincinnati--A group of researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center and the Cincinnati VA Medical Center has been awarded a five-year $12 million Clinical Trials Network (CTN) grant from The National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The researchers, led by principal investigator Eugene Somoza, MD, PhD, professor, UC Department of Psychiatry, will collaborate with community treatment programs in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia to develop and test promising treatments for substance abuse. Together, they will be recognized as the "Ohio Valley Node" of the CTN.

Community treatment programs bring a rich variety of substance abuse services, treatments and patient populations to the CTN. Combined, they treat almost 18,000 substance abuse patients per year. "Substance abuse is one of the biggest problems we face in our country today," Somoza said. "NIDA is making a major effort to find effective treatments for people afflicted with this problem. The Clinical Trials Network shows great promise as a mechanism to pool the efforts of researchers and clinicians to find practical treatments that are scientifically proven to be effective."

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