UM has been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant to support the preclinical development of low-dose methamphetamine as a treatment to limit the damage caused by traumatic brain injuries.
The Department of Defense grant was awarded by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs to David Poulsen, a researcher in UM's Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
"This grant will help us optimize the dosing regimen and determine the maximum window the drug can be therapeutically applied," Poulsen said.
His research has demonstrated that rats suffering severe traumatic brain injuries show behavioral, cognitive and neuromotor problems 30 days after the injury. However, injured rats treated with low-dose methamphetamine experience profound improvements.
He said the military seeks a drug that can be administered to soldiers exposed to blast-force energy waves from explosions such as those experienced in warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. Such therapies would be applied within hours of exposure to a significant blast.
It's looking more and more like this is all our universities are good for anymore, with EVERYTHING vetted through the military. All research, all research grants all study is done for the sole purpose of colonialism by another name... God we are a vapid war like greedy bunch of soul sick motherfuckers... Have we always been this way? Ask the Native...