A substantial grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) will allow two North Carolina academic institutions to study the variables that cause alcohol-related health disparities in African-Americans.
A total of $7.5 million has been awarded to North Carolina Central University ($6 million) and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine ($1.5 million, to its Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies). The institutions are studying the molecular mechanisms of fetal alcohol pathology, liver disease related to alcohol use, and alcohol-related cancers.
Researchers from the two schools also plan to examine adolescent binge drinking and the effects of alcohol on brain stem cells and neurotoxicity.
Gregory Cole, PhD, who chairs Biological and Biomedical Sciences at North Carolina Central, said in a Dec. 3 news release that the collaboration between the two institutions “has been critical in establishing alcohol research as a focus at [North Carolina Central].”