The Research Continues

The work continues. The easy part is over. Dr. Russo is searching for funding sources in a climate that recognizes little need outside the critical areas of AIDS and cancer research. However, the chemistry of the brain and its disorders remains an essential field for investigation.

Although colleagues Drs. Keith Parker, Rustem Medora and Chuck Thompson of the University of Montana Departments of Pharmacy and Chemistry have donated necessary time and effort to the cause, successful completion of serotonin receptor activity assays, and analytical tests will require an additional expenditure of about $90,000 beyond the $30,000 of personal funds Dr. Russo has invested over the past 6 years.

Russo and Shepard have signed an intellectual property rights (IPR) agreement that promises to return 5% of any royalties realized after successful medicinal plant development to the Machiguenga community of Yomuibato in Parque Nacional del Manu, with an additional 5% earmarked for the park administration for conservation, and promotion of ethnobotanical knowledge.

How can you help?: Private and corporate support for this research is welcome.

Please address to: Ethan Russo, M.D.- Neurotropical Adventures, Western Montana Clinic, 515 West Front St., Missoula, MT 59807-7609, U.S.A.

Dr. Russo may be available for speaking engagements to your group. Please address serious inquiries to E-mail address:

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