Dr. Rachel Neal and collaborators receive grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse
Rachel Neal, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, SPHIS, and Michele Pisano, PhD, Professor, Birth Defects Center, have been awarded a multi-PI grant entitled "Developmental Cigarette Smoke Exposure: Biomarkers of Neurotoxicity" by the National Institute of Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. The grant is a study of the link between lipid dyregulation and neurotoxicity associated with developmental tobacco smoke exposure in a murine model of active maternal smoke consumption during pregnancy. The grant totals $592,000 over 3 years (09/2009-08/2012) and represents a sustained collaborative venture between the Neal and Pisano labs. Additional funding for projects in Dr. Neal’s lab includes $150,000 funding by the Molecular Determinants of Birth Defects Center, an NIH funded Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (PI, Dr. Robert Greene) and a Young Investigator Award of $20,000 from the Center for Environmental Genomics and Integrative Biology (PI, Dr. Ken Ramos).