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Research Tools


The NIAAA supports the development of new or improved tools to enhance the ability to conduct alcohol-related laboratory studies on humans and animals and to more effectively analyze data from large databases. Examples include transgenic animal models, cell lines, new ligands for neuroimaging, and simulators of alcohol impairment. Areas that may be of interest to small businesses include, but are not limited to:

A. Development of novel animal models, including transgenic animals, possessing specific traits of significance for the study of alcoholism, or for the study of specific pathologic disease states which arise from excessive alcohol consumption.

B. Development of a hepatocyte cell line capable of maintaining viability and metabolic functions in culture systems for an indefinite period.

C. Development of new methods of ethanol administration to animals that produce precise dose control or that closely mimic types of alcohol exposure occurring in humans, including, but not limited to, binge drinking, acute consumption, moderate consumption and chronic consumption.

D. Development of specialized cell culture chambers to provide controlled administration of ethanol to in vitro cell systems.

E. Development of ligands which will enhance the potential usefulness of PET and SPECT imaging technologies for the study of the etiology of alcoholism and related brain pathology.

F. Development of genetic, epigenetic, genomic, proteomic, metabolomic, lipidomic, glycomic or other systems-wide methods for assessment, prognosis, diagnosis or treatment of alcohol-induced disorders.

G. Development of computational, statistical or bioinformatics tools to organize and manage high throughput data obtained by genomic, functional genomic or other ?omic strategies.

H. Development of databases, methods for integration of databases, or data analysis systems for alcohol research.

Kathy Jung, Ph.D.



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