Marquette researcher receives $2.6M grant to fund brain studies

Special to The Freeman

June 24, 2014

MILWAUKEE – John Mantsch, professor and chair of biomedical sciences in Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences, has been awarded a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health that will fund research on the effects of stress in drug addiction relapse.

“Despite decades of research, there is still no FDA-approved medication for the treatment of cocaine addiction,” Mantsch said. “This is due in part to fundamental gaps in understanding neurobiological processes that promote drug relapse, which we aim to address.”

Mantsch’s co-principal investigator is Cecilia Hillard, professor and director of the neuroscience research center at the Medical College of Wisconsin, according to a statement.

The research is funded over five years, and has three specific aims, which includes studying molecules known as endocannabinoid receptors, in addition to studying the effects of stress on cocaine-seeking behavior and determining how stress can lead to relapse, according to the statement.