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Release: Nov. 6, 2000

Consortium wins $1.2 million grant to improve drug abuse treatment

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A consortium of Iowa academic researchers and substance abuse treatment professionals has won a three-year, $1.2 million federal grant to facilitate the adoption in practice of effective treatments for drug abuse. The money from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment will fund the Iowa Practice Research Collaborative, one of eight similar projects throughout the country.

"Several years of research point to the most effective treatments in the area of substance abuse, but there are barriers to implementing these treatments in actual practice settings," said Michele Eliason, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing at the University of Iowa and co-director of the project. "The goal of the Iowa Practice Research Collaborative is to facilitate processes that bridge the gap between research and practice."

The project will be administered through the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation in partnership with the Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center and other public and private agencies. Prairielands is an interdisciplinary center housed at the UI. In addition to Eliason, other co-directors of the project are Gene Lutz, professor and director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research at the University of Northern Iowa, and Arthur Schut, director of the Mid-Eastern Council on Chemical Abuse.

Also participating in the project are Anne Helene Skinstad, assistant professor of education at the UI; James Barnette, Ph.D., associate professor and associate dean in the UI College of Public Health; Peter Nathan, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the UI; Stephan Arndt, professor of psychiatry and biostatistics at the UI; and B. Keith Crew, associate professor and head of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at UNI.