Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute professor Pearl Chiu has been awarded $1.125 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to continue her research. Here is a press release from Virginia Tech:
Pearl Chiu, assistant professor with the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, has received $1.125 million National Institute of Mental Health BRAINS awards – Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists — to study depression and substance abuse.
She will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study why depression and substance abuse occur together so often, and to quantify the conditions as disorders on a continuum of motivation difficulties. Formal title of the five-year project is “Neuroimaging major depression and nicotine dependence on axes of valuation.” Read more »