New Study Explores Factors that Predict Drinking Problems

New Study Explores Factors that Predict Drinking Problems

November 10, 2017

In a study entitled “The Role of Social, Familial, and Individual-Level Factors on Multiple Alcohol Use Outcomes During the First Year of University,” doctoral student Megan Cooke and a team of COBE researchers looked at Spit for Science data to learn more about predictors of first year alcohol use across a wide range of alcohol use behavior.

Does Support from Friends and Romantic Partners Influence Alcohol Use?

Does Support from Friends and Romantic Partners Influence Alcohol Use?

November 8, 2017

A new study by VCU researcher Peter Barr published in the Journal on Studies of Alcohol and Drugs examined whether involvement in committed relationships or social support impact heavy drinking during young adulthood.

5 Things We Know About Genes and Substance Use (And 2 We Don’t)

5 Things We Know About Genes and Substance Use (And 2 We Don’t)

October 20, 2017

Dr. Danielle Dick, a leading international researcher on the genetics of addiction and the Director of COBE, talks about the key things we know about the genetics of addiction from her 20 years of research in the field.

How Does Racial Inequality Impact Genetic Research?

How Does Racial Inequality Impact Genetic Research?

October 6, 2017

Over the last 20 years, researchers have made huge steps in understanding the relationship between genes, environment and complex traits. While these advances are heralded as leading to a future of improved health outcomes, individuals of minority descent are underrepresented in genetic research and thus are unlikely to benefit equally from advances in genetics.

Can Genetic Analysis Make Prevention Research More Effective?

Can Genetic Analysis Make Prevention Research More Effective?

August 29, 2017

Dr. Danielle Dick reflects on the growth of her field, examines opportunities to use gene-environment analysis to inform prevention research and surveys ethical concerns broadly related to the study of genetics in the introduction to the latest issue the academic journal Prevention Science.

Collegiate School Student Surveys Research Translation at VCU

Collegiate School Student Surveys Research Translation at VCU

June 16, 2017

Marnie Brennan, a senior at Collegiate School in Richmond, Va., recently completed a three week internship with the EDGE Lab at VCU where she surveyed substance use research published by members of the group, created a survey on translation of research and media consumption and presented her findings to the lab.

COBE Researcher Wins IPAS Most Outstanding Student Award

COBE Researcher Wins IPAS Most Outstanding Student Award

March 17, 2017

Nate Thomas, a COBE research assistant and recent graduate of the International Programme in Addiction Studies (IPAS), received the IPAS Most Outstanding Student Award for 2015-2016.

Does Experiencing Divorce Cause Drinking Problems, or Vice Versa?

Does Experiencing Divorce Cause Drinking Problems, or Vice Versa?

February 7, 2017

VCU researchers Dr. Kenneth Kendler, M.D., and Dr. Jessica Salvatore and their Swedish counterparts Sara Larsson Lönn, Jan Sundquist, Kristina Sundquist and Paul Lichtenstein untangle the complex relationship underlying AUD and divorce.

Nearly 20% of College Students Experience Sexual Assault

Nearly 20% of College Students Experience Sexual Assault

January 26, 2017

Nearly one in five college students experience sexual assault, with women facing significantly higher rates compared with men.

Does Working a Job During College Lead to Drinking and Smoking?

Does Working a Job During College Lead to Drinking and Smoking?

January 19, 2017

Rose Bono, a research assistant at the Department of Health Behavior and Policy, and health behavior and policy researcher Dr. Andrew Barnes, teamed up with COBE director Dr. Danielle Dick and Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics director Dr. Kenneth Kendler to study the relationship between substance use and employment in college students based on data from Spit for Science.

Do Genetic and Environmental Influences Affect Adolescent Drinking?

Do Genetic and Environmental Influences Affect Adolescent Drinking?

January 10, 2017

When it comes to problems with alcohol use, genes play an increasingly important role as you get older. But scientists still struggle to pinpoint exactly which genes are most to blame.

EDGE Lab Graduate Student Wins VIPBG Research Award

EDGE Lab Graduate Student Wins VIPBG Research Award

December 14, 2016

The Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics pre- and post-doc awards were announced in early December, and graduate student Megan Cooke was presented with the Kenneth S. Kendler Award for Excellence in Pre-Doctoral Research.

COBE Researcher Wins VCU Postdoctoral Scholar Grant

COBE Researcher Wins VCU Postdoctoral Scholar Grant

October 25, 2016

Jinni Su, a postdoctoral researcher with the EDGE Lab and COBE, was recently awarded a $5,000 grant by the VCU Postdoctoral Scholar Association for a spinoff research project based on Spit for Science.

COBE Researcher Wins Genetics and Human Agency Award

COBE Researcher Wins Genetics and Human Agency Award

October 6, 2016

The Genetics and Human Agency Initiative recently gave a Junior Investigator award to COBE researcher Dr. Jessica Salvatore, Assistant Professor in the VCU Department of Psychology and the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.

New Grant Explores Ties between Alcohol Abuse, Genetics and Romantic Relationships

New Grant Explores Ties between Alcohol Abuse, Genetics and Romantic Relationships

May 13, 2016

EDGE Lab associate director Jessica Salvatore, Ph.D., has received a roughly $750,000 grant to study the complex interplay between alcohol abuse, romantic relationships and genetic predispositions to alcoholism during emerging adulthood.

Dr. Amy Adkins Awarded Quest Innovation Award

Dr. Amy Adkins Awarded Quest Innovation Award

March 8, 2016

Congratulations to EDGE Lab member Dr. Amy Adkins, who was recently awarded a Quest Innovation Award!

Student Researches 'Subtle Biological Differences' of Addiction

Student Researches 'Subtle Biological Differences' of Addiction

November 9, 2015

Binge drinking is a growing problem in the United States, but are all problem drinkers the same? That is a question Virginia Commonwealth University student Megan Cooke hopes to answer.

Research: Stronger Links Between Interpersonal Trauma and Alcohol Use for Women than Men

Research: Stronger Links Between Interpersonal Trauma and Alcohol Use for Women than Men

November 4, 2015

In a recent issue of the journal Addictive Behaviors, co-authors Seung Bin Cho, Ph.D., a Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Psychiatry postdoctoral fellow, and University of Virginia Department of Pediatrics assistant professor Erin Berenz, Ph.D., utilized data from the Spit 4 Science research project to illuminate relationships between trauma before and during college and alcohol consumption.

Behind the Numbers: Examining Social Norms Around Alcohol, Substance Use and Sex at VCU

Behind the Numbers: Examining Social Norms Around Alcohol, Substance Use and Sex at VCU

November 3, 2015

Does it ever seem like everyone else has all of the fun? Has that kind of thinking ever influenced your decisions around alcohol, substance use or sex?