Dr. Sylvia Fitting, an Assistant PRofessor of Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience, is the recipient of a 2018 R21 grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse R21 Exploratory/Developmental Grant program supports exploratory and high-risk research projects that fall within the NIMH mission by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methods, measures, models, or strategies, or to the generation of pilot or feasibility data. The preliminary work from these studies could lead to a major impact on biomedical, behavioral, or clinical mental health research, or on the delivery of mental health care.

Dr. Fitting was awarded over $241,800 (over one year) for her project, “Mapping HIV-TAT +/- Endocannabinoid Induced Synaptic Changes at the Macro-molecular Level via Cryo-electron Tomography.”

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