Indiana University receives molecular imaging funding

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Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis have received more than $12 million in federal stimulus grants, which will be partly used for molecular imaging research.

More than 40 researchers at the university have received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awards ranging from a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant supporting innovative research on proteins to smaller awards that have created or preserved 75 research-related jobs.

The grants are supporting a range of research initiatives seeking to better understand and find improved treatments for a broad range of diseases, including Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and others.

Among the grants going to Indiana University is a $237,000 award to Karmen Yoder, PhD, assistant professor of radiology, who will be able to hire a new research assistant for the project involving the use of PET techniques to evaluate dopamine–a neurotransmitter known to be involved with cognition and implicated in pain–in fibromyalgia patients.