Congratulations to Dr. Ben Lewis, Dr. Lori Knackstedt & Dr. Linda Cottler

Announcing new grants for Dr. Ben Lewis, Dr. Lori Knackstedt and Dr. Linda Cottler Dr. Ben Lewis, Department of Psychiatry, has received a new K01 award from the National Institute […]


Congratulations to CARE Associate Director Joanna Peris and Eric Krause on their new NIAAA grant.

Alcoholism makes social relationships less rewarding: NIAAA grant study Published: August 15th, 2018 Category: News, Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacodynamics News Anecdotally the overconsumption of alcohol makes social relationships less rewarding, but a […]


PLEASE ALSO VISIT “RECENT NEWS” ON THE HOME PAGE TO BROWSE RECENT AND PAST NEWS ITEMS! Congratulations to CARE Executive Committee Member Dr. Jeff Boissoneault who has been hired into […]


2018 CARE Travel Awardees

CARE Travel Awardees, 2018 Benjamin Berey –  Department of Health Education and Behavior Shelby Blaes – Department of Psychiatry Joe Dragone  – Department of Psychiatry Amy Elliott –  Department of […]


CARE Seminar Series

CARE seminars will be held from 3:00-4:00 PM in Communicore Room C1-3 (unless otherwise noted) SEMINARS CARE seminars will begin at 3:00 p.m. in Communicore Room C1-3 (unless otherwise noted) […]

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Nixon, DirectorWelcome to UF’s Center for Addiction Research & Education (CARE)!  We are proud that CARE is one of the oldest continuing University-wide Centers at UF and that it has undergone a re-vitalization in recent years with an expanded mission and as addiction science established a larger footprint at UF.  Our membership includes faculty from six colleges and 14 departments across both the main and HSC campuses. We have a faculty membership of ~ 38 (at the time of this writing)!   Our investigators have active research programs in highly diverse domains; ranging from molecular neuroscience and drug discovery through epidemiology and clinical trials. While most of our faculty focus on the addictive disorders and their comorbid conditions, a number examine substance use, more broadly, for example, studying social drinking in older adults or developmental trajectories across adolescence. In short, we are a group of highly diverse investigators who are committed to understanding the biological, psychological and social correlates and consequences of substance use and addictive behaviors.

As you review our site, you’ll see that we offer on-going programs through our monthly seminar series and host an Annual Symposium each Spring.  Each Spring Symposium is centered on a timely theme.  In 2019, our theme is “Opioids”.  We hope you’ll return to our site periodically for additional details, as the time grows closer.

You’ll also notice that we have a number of links to participating departments, current addiction-related training grants, and funding sources.  We also have information describing our current committees and their membership.  If you are a new UF faculty member, a student or trainee exploring opportunities, or a community member who wants more information, we hope you’ll check them out. If you are interested in being on our notification listserv, please click here to complete the sign-up form.

Finally, as I am sure you are aware, addiction and related disorders represent a significant threat to individuals, families and their communities. It is only through the collaborative efforts of diverse programmatic research that we can understand the contributing processes and define more effective prevention, intervention, and recovery programs.  CARE is committed to facilitating these kinds of collaborations. We are fortunate to have time-limited support from UF and the McKnight Brain Institute. But, to meet the magnitude of this problem and sustain our unique capacity, we must also rely on donations from a concerned community. These donations are handled through the UF Foundation, and are tax deductible within current legal constraints.   No matter the amount of your gift, it will be appreciated!

Again, thank you for visiting our website! And please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need additional information.

Sara Jo Nixon, PhD, Director

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Congratulations to CARE Director Dr. Sara Jo Nixon

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