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The project “PN- research units+ entrepreneurs= development of cooperation in the field of genetics in Lower Silesia” is carried out as a part of VIII Priority: Regional Economy Personel, measure: 8.2 Knowledge Transfer, sub-measure: 8.2.1 Support for Cooperation between Science and Business. The project Leader is the Health Employers Association of Lower Silesia, and the project Partners are Lower Silesian Association of Family Physicians – Employers, Biogenoma Ltd., Applied Biology Inc.

The project involves the development of cooperation between research units and business of the Lower Silesia region in terms of innovation and technology transfer through import, export and adaptation of the American cooperation model in the field of genetics, among 1 research unit, 10 PhD students, 70 medical industry companies in Lower Silesia and 100 of their employees. The project involves conference meetings, seminaries, business implementation of knowledge and study visits in USA.

The project aims to increase knowledge and cooperation experience of research units and companies, strengthen the science-business relations, and develop cooperation between research units and business for further growth of Lower Silesia.


Genetics & Alcoholism

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism plans to use $7.5 million this fiscal year to fund research into the genetic and biological basis of alcoholism, with the aim of identifying better and more personalized ways to treat the disorder.

The funding will provide a cooperative agreement to investigators who are currently funded under an existing, long-term NIAAA-supported project, the Collaborative Study of the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA), the National Institutes of Health said on Friday.

The ultimate goal of the COGA program is to identify genes involved in alcohol dependence and then to understand how these genes have functional influences on expression at the molecular and cellular level.

Podstawowym celem programu COGA jest identyfikacja genów związanych z uzależnieniem od alkoholu i zrozumienie ich oddziaływania na poziomie molekularnym i komórkowym.

Scientists will use this new funding to pursue several goals, including identifying genetic variants that affect susceptibility to alcohol dependence; determining the molecular and functional mechanisms of those variants; identifying and characterizing the mixtures of genetic and environmental interactions that could lead to alcoholism.

Investigators receiving the funding may pursue a range of research questions and approaches within the main goals of the program, such as seeking to advance knowledge about complex phenotypes and alcohol and treatment-related genes and variants; using an array of genomic technologies such as genome sequencing and genotyping to identify more genes involved in alcoholism; exploring the potential mechanism of action of important genes by studying gene expression, splicing, and DNA methylation, among others; and examining the effects of genes and environmental influences on clinical and neurophysiological phenotypes that are related to alcoholism risk.