TTUHSC brings a new alcohol and addiction research center - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/2/10

TTUHSC brings a new alcohol and addiction research center

By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine announced a new team of seven alcohol and addiction researchers. They make up the South Plains Alcohol and Addiction Research Center, or SPAARC, which has already been highlighted as a center of excellence, but here's the real reason "SPAARC" could make a difference in our community.

"They're trying to understand who gets alcoholism and why it occurs. It looks at the genetics, how alcohol actually affects the brain. It comes up with basic science ideas of how treatments can be developed," said Steven Berk, M.D., the Dean of the School of Medicine at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.  "And so we will help in the future, people from Lubbock who are addicted to drug and alcohol, to get better treatments to come up with better treatments for that disease."

Dr.  Berk says later this year, laboratories in the newly built SPAARC research facility will be completed so that these researchers can work together to unlock the science behind the tragedy of addiction.

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