Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The NIH has awarded 13 grants to research institutions around the country as part of a study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study will follow about 10,000 children beginning at ages 9 and 10, before they initiate drug use, through the period of highest risk for substance use and other mental health disorders. Scientists will track exposure to substances (including nicotine, alcohol and marijuana), academic achievement, cognitive skills, mental health and brain structure and function using advanced research methods.
Eolas Therapeutics, a therapeutic development company based in Carlsbad, Calif., has entered into a worldwide license and partnership agreement with AstraZeneca on the Eolas Orexin-1 Receptor Antagonist (EORA) program for smoking cessation and other indications. The EORA program was awarded a Blueprint Neurotherapeutics (BPN) grant from the NIH for the development of the program from the preclinical stage through phase I clinical trials.
The ALS Association, Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital Neurological Clinical Research Institute are collaborating with GlaxoSmithKline on a clinical trial to evaluate the potential of an anti-epileptic drug in ALS patients. In parallel testing, brain cells will be made from each patient’s stem cells to see if they can predict which patients might respond to the medicine.
A NIH-led public-private partnership to transform and accelerate drug development has launched a new Alzheimer’s Big Data portal—including delivery of the first wave of data—for use by the research community. The new data sharing and analysis resource is part of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP), an unprecedented venture bringing together NIH, FDA, industry and academic scientists from a variety of disciplines to translate knowledge faster and more successfully into new therapies.
MRIGlobal, an independent, nonprofit CRO based in Kansas City, Mo., has been awarded a $54 million, 10-year program from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to provide support for the development and manufacturing of drug candidates for ultimate use in human clinical trials.
Nine groups of scientists will receive funding totaling $5.9 million in 2014 to work together on increasing the understanding of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the leading cause of death from epilepsy. The consortium becomes the second Center Without Walls, an initiative to speed the pace of research on difficult problems in epilepsy by promoting collaborative research. The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the NIH, funds this initiative.
The NIH, as part of a research partnership with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), has issued a request for applications (RFA) to study how to improve blood pressure control among populations at highest risk for suffering hypertension-related strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular events. PCORI is a Wash. D.C.-based independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress.