Want to Help Find a Better Way to Treat Alcoholism? Here is Your Chance!
Alcoholism and alcohol abuse truly affect every American – contributing to over 100,000 deaths and costing the nation $220 billion yearly. Unfortunately, there are very limited pharmacotherapies to treat alcohol abuse problems.
However, Daryl Davies is heading up a research study that has the potential to treat alcohol related diseases.
“We believe Ivermectin, an approved drug used for other indications, can help individuals suffering from alcohol abuse,” explains Davies. “Our studies suggest that IVM has many of the good properties of an anxiolytic (used to help individuals deal with anxiety as they reduce alcohol intake) – but not the addictive properties. With the funding of this project, we can take our work from the lab bench to the next step with a first in-human study that tests the effectiveness of IVM in people with alcohol use disorders.”
Davies’ previous studies about the use of IVM for alcohol use disorders were funded by the NIH and the USC School of Pharmacy. This new study seeks to enroll 10 alcohol dependent subjects in a clinical trial to examine the safety of combining IVM with moderate doses of alcohol, and to test the effectiveness of IVM in reducing the effects of alcohol and alcohol craving in patients.
“We believe whole-heartedly in the chances of our success for this project,” says Davies. “This project has great potential.”
This is where you come in. Davies is seeking to raise $40,000 to offset a portion of the operational costs of the study to test the use of IVM in alcohol dependent subjects. That includes the costs of patient recruitment and the costs of ensuring that the patients in the study are not in any obvious health dangers before enrolling in the study. If this crowdfunding project is funded and successful, it will give Davies data to move the project toward a larger federal grant for a larger clinical trial.
Be a part of finding a new approach to treat and prevent alcoholism and alcohol use disorders. To donate, visit https://www.microryza.com/projects/why-can-t-we-cure-alcoholism. And don’t delay! There are a limited number of days to donate, and if the goal is not reached within that timeframe, no money will be collected.