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VCU gets funds to treat nicotine dependence

Wednesday - 6/19/2013, 7:13am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Commonwealth University is getting grant money to study new ways to treat nicotine dependence.

The Richmond school says it has received a multi-year grant totaling more than $482,000 for the first year from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Officials say the center within the National Institutes of Health will provide $12.7 million to nine academic research groups over multiple years to study ways to help people quit smoking.

VCU researchers will work with colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh and with Janssen Research & Development on the study.

They'll test whether a new compound can help decrease the desire to smoke and will decrease withdrawal symptoms.

After preclinical studies at VCU, clinical studies will take place at the University of Pittsburgh.

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