John Mantsch, associate professor and chair of biomedical sciences in Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences, has been awarded a five-year, $1.5 million grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health for his research on cocaine addiction.
The grant provides critical support of a research project Mantsch started in 2002, which examines the neuropathways through which susceptibility to drug relapse during periods of stress is heightened in cocaine addiction.
For many cocaine addicts, drug use is a stress-driven behavior, Mantsch said in a statement.
The goal of this research program is to identify not just why, but also how stress can trigger relapse among cocaine addicts.
This is the second grant of more than $1 million Mantsch has received within the past 12 months for the study of cocaine addiction.
In July 2009, he and David Baker and Douglas Lobner, two other associate professors in the College of Health Sciences, received a two-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study and develop novel compounds for the treatment of cocaine addiction.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010