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NIDA Announces Avant-Garde Medication Development Awards (March 2012)

Dr. Thomas Kosten of Baylor College of Medicine and Dr. Peter Burkhard of the University of Connecticut are the recipients of NIDA’s 2011 Avant-Garde Awards for Innovative Medication Development Research. Dr. Kosten is developing a vaccine against methamphetamine abuse and Dr. Burkhard is developing a vaccine to counter nicotine addiction.

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Individual Differences in Decisionmaking Style May Predict Teen Problems (December 2011)

Reports on the relative influence of genes versus environment on adolescents’ choices that involve delayed gratification.

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Financial Strain Hinders Smoking Cessation (December 2011)

Helping smokers deal with financial problems could improve their chances of staying abstinent after receiving treatment, according to a new study. Participants with the most financial strain had the least success in remaining abstinent.

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Stimulant Abusers' Regard for Future Improves With Memory Training (December 2011)

Researchers correlate stimulant abusers’ improved performance on a memory training exerc ise with reductions in delay discounting.

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Marker for Neuronal Damage Resolves a Year after Methamphetamine (December 2011)

New results extend previous findings that some methamphetamine-induced neuronal damage resolves after a year of abstinence.

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Program Helps Troubled Boys Reduce Substance Abuse (December 2011)

Chronically delinquent boys in Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care reduced their substance abuse more than boys assigned to Community Group Care.

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Substance Abuse Among Older Adults (December 2011)

Understanding and responding to drug abuse among America’s aging population becomes more urgent as a growing percentage of baby boomers enter the over-50 age bracket.

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Disruption of Neuron Production in Adult Rats Increases Cocaine Taking (November 2011)

Drug abuse may diminish production of new neurons in the brain’s hippocampus and thereby increase vulnerability to drug addiction.

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NIDA Recognizes Developer of a New Business Model for Science (November 2011)

Dr. Redonna K. Chandler of NIDA receives the Institute's 2011 Innovator Award for developing a method that fosters collaboration and data sharing on various studies of HIV in criminal justice populations.

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Molecular Alterations of DNA Contribute to Persistence of Memory (November 2011)

In a new series of studies tracing the molecular events that occur in the brain as memories are formed and preserved, researchers find that certain epigenetic changes may promote vulnerability to relapse.

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