|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
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: