School of Medicine

Psychiatry

2021 April

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Amanda Bakian National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) $673,022 (year 1) 05/01/2021 02/28/2026
TITLE: The Influence of Multiple Environmental Exposures on Suicide Risk
SUMMARY:  Although short-term exposures to ambient air pollutants and weather variables are independently associated with risk of suicide death, little is known about the effects of multi-environmental exposure mixtures on suicide. We will use our access to unprecedented data resources to quantify the combined effects of short-term ambient air pollutant and weather exposures on suicide death in the context of a person’s individual, familial and genetic characteristics. Results from this study may lead to the development of clinical, educational and/or pharmacological interventions for suicide, targeted at high-risk individuals.
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J. Michael McIntosh National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) $449,875 (year 2) 02/01/2021 01/31/2022
TITLE: Development and Application of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Targeted Peptides
SUMMARY:  The purpose of this research program is to further develop Conus as a sophisticated resource for study of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. We will exploit the resulting compounds for applications in medicine. Toward this end, we will assess the mechanisms and sites of action of analgesic conopeptides.
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Perry Renshaw
Deborah Yurgelun-Todd
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) $2,729,887 (year 7) 04/01/2021 03/31/2022
TITLE: ABCD-USA Consortium: Research Project Site at U Utah
SUMMARY:  Using cutting-edge technology, researchers will determine how childhood experiences (such as sports, video games, social media, unhealthy sleep patterns, and smoking) interact with each other and with a child’s changing biology to affect brain development and social, behavioral, academic, health, and other outcomes.