Fromme, Harden awarded 5-year Grant from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Posted: September 19, 2012
Drs. Kim Fromme and Paige Harden were awarded a $2.3 million grant from NIAAA to study the “Genetic mechanisms of change in trajectories of drinking and other deviant behaviors.” This project follows from Dr. Fromme’s previous NIAAA-funded longitudinal study of first time college students at UT Austin. Dr. Fromme and her colleagues recruited over 2,000 students prior to their starting college at UT Austin and assessed their alcohol use and other behavioral risks over 6 years. The new grant will allow Drs. Fromme and Harden to collect DNA on these individuals and to conduct alcohol challenges with approximately 40% of the sample in a simulated bar laboratory in the Psychology Department . The investigators will examine how five candidate genes influence trajectories of alcohol use and other behavioral risks, such as drug use and risky sexual behaviors.
Dr. Fromme, the Principal Investigator on the grant, is a Professor of clinical psychology and has been at UT Austin since 1993. Dr. Harden, Co-Investigator on the project, joined UT in 2009 and is an Assistant Professor of clinical psychology with a joint appointment in the Population Research Center. Dr. William Corbin, Associate Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, is also a Co-Investigator on the grant. The project will address the important public health problem of alcohol abuse and other hazardous behaviors among young adults.