Welcome to Spit for Science!

The Spit for Science Undergraduate Research Team will present preliminary results from the study Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 4-5pm in the Conference Room of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. Want to learn more? Click here.

Data collection for Fall 2014 is now closed. Thanks to all who participated!

Spit for Science: The VCU Student Survey

Spit for Science: The VCU Student Survey is an effort being led by researchers at VCU to create a unique university-wide research opportunity for VCU students. All incoming freshmen who are 18 years of age or older during Fall 2014 are invited to be participants.

The scientific focus of the project is to understand why some people are more likely than others to develop problems associated with the use of alcohol, the use of other substances, and difficulties with emotional health. The project aims to understand how individual genetic predispositions come together with environmental factors to contribute to these outcomes. We know that 1 in 4 people over the age of 18 are affected by substance use or mental health problems. This project is an opportunity for students at VCU to work together with some of the leading researchers in the world in this area to try to understand and prevent these important and widespread problems.

We hope to use the findings from the project to feed back into programming at VCU to benefit our VCU students and community. There are a number of exciting educational opportunities that stem from having a project like this at VCU. Also, if you are a VCU student but not part of the freshman class, there are other ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

Click for concerns about racial/ethnic minority involvement in genetic research.