The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded the Dr. Francesca Filbey at the Center for BrainHealth, part of The University of Texas at Dallas $2.5 million to examine cannabis use disorders.
The five-year brain-imaging study seeks to better understand the brain mechanisms behind problems related to cannabis use, said Dr. Francesca Filbey, director of Cognitive Neuroscience of Addictive Behaviors at the Center for BrainHealth and lead investigator of the project.
The study, conducted in partnership with Dr. Janna Cousijn, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, will investigate individual and cultural effects on the severity of cannabis use disorder, which is characterized by compulsive drug-seeking despite negative consequences. The study will include participants from two different cultures: American and Dutch.
Published on News Medical Life Sciences November 29, 2017