Projects addressing opioid abuse awarded seed money

Projects addressing opioid abuse awarded seed money

Tufts University recently awarded $150,000 in seed funding to eight research projects addressing the challenges of the opioid epidemic.

The awardees include faculty and staff at Tufts schools or Tufts Medical Center.

Two projects will investigate the causes of addiction to determine prevention methods and new therapies. The other projects aim to improve clinical care and patient support systems.

“To address and prevent addiction and substance misuse requires multipronged, transdisciplinary approaches,” John B. Wong, Tufts Medical Center interim chief scientific officer, said. “In the lab, in the clinic, and in the community, we need to examine the basic science underlying this disorder and to identify the diverse clinical opportunities to diagnose and help individuals being devastated by this disorder. These eight projects share the same ultimate goal, and by taking different approaches and addressing different needs, each researcher brings their own critical awareness, knowledge, and expertise to this complex disease of the brain and body.”

Funding for the awards is from a Tufts Medical Center contribution and a $3 million endowment that supports research, education, and civic engagement programs focused on the prevention and treatment of addiction and substance abuse.

The winners of the inaugural Tufts Initiative on Substance Use and Addiction awards were selected from 23 applications.