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FIU Faculty to Work on Landmark Brain Development Research Study

The National Institutes of Health has awarded FIU $12.7 million as part of a multiyear national landmark study on substance use and adolescent brain development. The award, for the first five-year cycle of the research study, is the single largest NIH award ever received by FIU faculty.

[Photo: Brain MRI slide of a girl. Actual patient and clinic names have been omitted.]

Members of the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work will serve as part of a 14-member multidisciplinary research team lead by Raul Gonzalez, associate professor of psychology, psychiatry, and immunology and faculty member at the FIU Center for Children and Families (CCF).

FIU Stempel College faculty participating in this research include: Dr. Mario De La Rosa, professor of social work and director of the Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA); Dr. Tan Li, assistant professor of biostatistics and deputy director of the Integrated Biostatistics & Data Management Center; Dr. Patria Rojas, senior behavioral health scientist, CRUSADA; Dr. Mariana Sanchez, postdoctoral associate, CRUSADA; Dr. Eric Wagner, professor of social work and director of the FIU-Banyan Research Institute for Dissemination, Grants and Evaluation (FIU BRIDGE); Dr. O. Dale Williams, professor and chair of the department of biostatistics and director of the Integrated Biostatistics and Data Management Center.

FIU Stempel College faculty will be joined by faculty from FIU’s College of Arts & Sciences that includes child mental health experts, as well as psychologists and a physicist, who have extensive track records in drug abuse research and cognitive neuroscience.

In addition to the members of the research team, the study will initially create 13 new jobs at FIU, will support at least six graduate students and will stimulate economic development through training of students and postdoctoral fellows in neuroscience and collaboration with local partners in the area of neuroimaging.

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