Rhode Island Hospital says it has been awarded nearly $12 million to establish a research center on opioids to help fight the overdose epidemic.
The hospital in Providence says it received a five-year, $11.8 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence on opioids and overdose.
It's working with Brown University and Women and Infant's Hospital to bring in investigators specializing in opioid use disorder.
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Principal investigator Josiah Rich and Traci Green, who are affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital, will lead the center.
Rich says there's a tremendous need for greater scientific understanding of the mechanisms underpinning opioid use disorder and a need for more effective interventions.
The center could be continued beyond the first phase, for a total of 15 years.