UF Receives NIDA Grant for Substance Abuse Training Center

Published: March 18th, 2013

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The University of Florida has received a $1.5 million five-year T32 training grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to train new public health substance abuse researchers. “There are increased health disparities related to the harmful consequences of drug use and a significant shortage of scientists in the drug abuse field,” said Dr. Linda B. Cottler, the grant’s lead investigator and dean’s professor and chair of the department of epidemiology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine.

“We have a strong academic and research environment at UF which is ripe for producing public health oriented scientists. We also have an enthusiastic group of mentors who have an excellent track record to train nationally and internationally prominent substance abuse researchers.” Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D., the program’s co-director is Co-Vice Chair and Chief, Addiction Research in Psychiatry. She adds that the grant expands the breadth and impact of on-going work in addiction science, enhancing the capacity of translational research and increasing UF’s visibility as a leader in Addiction Research.

The UF Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health will support four doctoral students and two postdoctoral fellows a year. The program will focus on the epidemiology and prevention of substance use and its consequences, with an emphasis on social determinants of health, health inequalities, and behavioral interventions to reduce substance use and its consequences.

“The program will provide trainees with an apprenticeship style education to master skills to critically evaluate data, conduct multiple aspects of addiction research, and become successful and independent investigators who will move the field forward,” said Dr. Cottler, the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ associate dean for research and planning. The program will begin in July, just as Florida transitions to become the 3rd most populous state in the US.

To apply, contact Ms. Tamara Millay at tmillay@ufl.edu.