Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King Announce Opioid Research Grant to the University of New England

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Angus King (I-ME) recently announced that the University of New England, an NEC member, received a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant of $185,413 to study the most effective treatments for HIV patients who suffer from opioid abuse.

The recipient of the grant is Dr. Ling Cao, M.D., Ph.D., who will explore the relationship between HIV drugs and opioids to further understand how they impact loss of brain function and severe foot and hand pain.  The goal of her research is to determine the therapeutic potential of interferon (IFN)-beta for the complications of HIV drugs in opioid users.

“The opioid abuse crisis and the effects of addiction are devastating communities in Maine and around the country. It is critical that we continue to support research that tests new and innovative therapies,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “By better understanding the science behind addiction, HIV, and neurocognitive disorders, we can help save lives and strengthen the health and safety of our communities.”

The New England Council congratulates the University of New England and wishes Dr. Cao success in her research. Read more on the University of New England’s website and in the Senators’ press release.

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