May 20, 2009

School of Medicine Receives Nearly $1 Million Grant to Study Recovery Mechanisms in Teens Facing Addiction

The John Templeton Foundation has awarded Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine a $942,307 grant to support the work of Maria E. Pagano, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Pagano's research focuses on the recovery process of youth and adults afflicted with the disease of addiction. Her primary research interest centers on the role of service in addiction recovery. Pagano's research has shown that adult alcoholics who help others with their struggles with addiction were twice as likely to be sober in the year following treatment as compared with non-helpers. With the support of the John Templeton Foundation, her three-year investigation will expand her work with adults to explore how helping others assists the adolescent helper in staying sober.

"My work thus far suggests that even those very early in recovery can benefit from being active in service," Pagano said. "This has important implications for treatment, and I am grateful for the John Templeton Foundation grant, as it allows me to gather empirical evidence to support this age-old wisdom. We hope this work will lead to more adolescents becoming the young men and women they were meant to be."

"The School of Medicine is honored to have received this grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support Dr. Pagano's important research," said Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine. "Faculty at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine are engaged in landmark research, and Dr. Pagano's work has the potential to change the way the medical field thinks about support for those battling addiction."

The John Templeton Foundation of West Conshohocken, Pa., serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research and discoveries relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions, in areas such as human sciences, natural sciences and character development.

"Dr. Pagano's research perfectly exemplifies our commitment to rigorous scientific research on character development, especially on the benefits of generosity and love for others," said Kimon Sargeant, Ph.D., vice president of human sciences at the John Templeton Foundation.

Since 1998, the John Templeton Foundation has supported initiatives at Case Western Reserve University, specifically those that aim to explore concepts and realities such as love, gratitude, forgiveness and creativity. In 2001, the John Templeton Foundation made a catalytic founding grant for the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, led by then Case Western Reserve faculty member, Dr. Stephen Post. The Institute is a leading force in helping the world to better understand the universal phenomenon of unselfish love. Through continued partnership, the University and the Foundation share a commitment to on-going research in areas such as character development.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Amy Raufman May 20, 2009 03:42 PM | Category: Foundations , Priorities , Research Support , School of Medicine , Schools , Source