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Recently Awarded Research Grants

Project Title:

Relationship Dynamics: Endocrinology and Behavior

Project Principal Investigator/s:
Dr. Steven Gangestad

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

Amount Awarded:
$300,000

Period of Performance:
09/2017 - 08/2019

Goals and Aims of Study

This study is designed to examine how hormonal variations that occur between and within women are associated with the dynamics of their romantic relationships: their thoughts about their relationships, their behavior toward their partners, and their perceptions of how their partners behave toward them. 260 women in heterosexual romantic relationships will be recruited. The study will assay levels in saliva and urine pertaining to five hormones of interest: testosterone, cortisol, estradiol, progesterone, and oxytocin.

How this Research Will Benefit Society

 

Project Title:

Agora Crisis Line FY17

Project Principal Investigator/s:
Molly McCoy Brack

Funding Agency:
New Mexico Department of Health

Amount Awarded:
$30,000

Period of Performance:
07/2016 - 06/2017

Goals and Aims of Study

Agora is proud to recieve NM DOH funding for the 11 th year in a row. This contract helps increase our capacity to help youth throughout the state of NM who may be at risk of suicide and connects them to resources in their communities.

How this Research Will Benefit Society

Since 1970, Agora has provided UNM and the surrounding community by offering free, compassionate, confidential help to anyone in need of emotional support.

Project Title:

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Neural Representations of Space

Project Principal Investigator/s:
Dr. Derek Hamilton and Dr. Ben Clark

Funding Agency:
NIH - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Amount Awarded:
$397,687

Period of Performance:
01/2017 - 12/2018

Goals and Aims of Study

This research seeks to better understand how exposure to alcohol during prenatal development affects the function of individual neurons in brain regions critical for memory.

How this Research Will Benefit Society

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are a major public health problem with an incidence of 1-5% in the USA and associated annual costs in excess of $4 billion. The negative consequences of exposure to alcohol during prenatal brain development include lifelong deficits in memory. Improvements in our understanding of how prenatal alcohol exposure affects the brain are needed to inform approaches to treatments.

Project Title:

UNM receives a grant award from NIDA

Project Principal Investigator/s:
Kamilla Venner, Ph.D.

Funding Agency:
NIH/NIDA

Amount Awarded:
$617,401

Period of Performance:
09/2016 - 07/2016

Goals and Aims of Study

It is important to address the substantial substance-related health disparities of American Indians (AI). This project aims to examine the effectiveness of a culturally adapted Community Reinforcement and Family Training approach and Nar/Al-Anon Facilitation with AIs to increase engagement of treatment refusing individuals into treatment/healing and to reduce distress of their loved ones.

How this Research Will Benefit Society

Most people in general do not seek substance use disorder treatment. CRAFT-AI may increase the number of AIs willing to seek help through Western treatment or traditional healing. This knowledge may impact dissemination and diffusion efforts for CRAFT-AI and other evidence-based treatments among AIs and other culturally diverse groups to help reduce the substantial substance related health disparities among AIs and other indigenous people.