U of Michigan receives $25M for opioid prevention, treatment research

Several research teams from the Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan received a collective $25.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to support projects addressing the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction and abuse.

The grants were distributed on Sept. 27 as part of the NIH's Helping to End Addiction Long-term, or HEAL, initiative. The project was established in early 2018 to fund the work of researchers seeking to improve treatments for chronic pain, decrease opioid use disorder and overdose rates and facilitate long-term addiction recovery.

The five University of Michigan-based teams chosen by the NIH span the Michigan Medicine system, several physical and behavioral health-related departments across the university and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. The grants range from $420,000 to study drug-related deaths in the decades-long Monitoring the Future study, to $12.6 million for the University of Michigan Mechanistic Research Center, where researchers will develop non-opioid treatments for chronic low back pain.

Read more about the grants here.

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