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Within the next decade, it may be possible for a Veteran to use a simple nasal spray to reduce pain if an ambitious research study at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System completes early stage laboratory investigation and moves to human clinical trials. Dr. Nicholas Gilpin, who recently was awarded a research grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is working to identify the neurobiological mechanisms in underlying heightened pain states in the context of alcohol dependence and stress disorders. Gilpin and his staff are working to develop therapeutic strategies that reduce pain in Veterans living with PTSD and/or alcohol use disorder. For more information read the VA VAntage Point Blog.
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