Valenta Receives Perfect Score on NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship
John Valenta, a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Rueben Gonzales, has been selected to receive a two-year Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Gonzales serves as sponsor for Valenta's project, "Monocyte chemotactic protein-1 modulation of ethanol self-administration," which will test the ability of the brain's immune system to regulate alcohol consumption. Dr. Adron Harris, director of the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research, is co-sponsor. This project will help develop insights into the transition from healthy to unhealthy drinking behavior and help develop treatment options for alcoholics. Valenta's application received a perfect score of 10, a positive reflection not only of the applicant and the research proposal, but also of the sponsors and their commitment to training.