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University of Texas at Dallas partners for $500,000 study on marijuana effects

Dr. Francesca Filbey, director of cognitive neuroscience research of addictive behaviors at the Center for BrainHealth.
Dr. Francesca Filbey, director of cognitive neuroscience research of addictive behaviors at the Center for BrainHealth.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded a $500,000 grant to fund the Imaging Data in Emerging Adults with Addiction (IDEAA) Consortium — a large marijuana research data collection undertaking.

UT Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth is partnering with Harvard University, the University of California, San Diego and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to gain a greater scientific understanding of marijuana and its effects.

“As part of the consortium, we will collect and pool brain-imaging data from marijuana users and nonusers, focusing on regions that control rational decisions and emotional responses,” said Dr. Francesca Filbey, director of cognitive neuroscience research of addictive behaviors at the Center for BrainHealth. “In healthy individuals, these highly interconnected regions maintain a balance. However, in individuals suffering from addiction, emotions and cravings can overturn reasoning and hijack decision-making.” Read more

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  1. Andres
    April 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I’d really like for yall to have better results is there any way I could help in your studies maybe find users who’ve been using for a while and not the Immature individuals but the intellectual user’s whom would probably make better test subjects as long as this doesn’t incriminate or cause any of these individuals to become suspects under investigation. Just pure Un biased studies

  2. April 14, 2014 at 10:27 am

    My concern is that NIDA has in the past only approved studies that show only negatives not the positives of Cannabis. So the questions is does this group intend to follow the truth or half truths.