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NIAAA Director, Dr. George Koob visits UF CARE

NIAAA Director Dr. George Koob served as the 7th Annual Luttge Lecturer.  During his recent visit, Dr. Koob met with UF CARE scientists from across the UF campus, conducting small […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Jalie Tucker, Recipient of the Prestigious Betty Ford Award

Dr. Jalie Tucker, Recipient of the Prestigious Betty Ford Award Dr. Jalie Tucker, Professor and Chair, UF Department of Health Education and Behavior and Director of CBEHR received the Betty […]


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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 […]

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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 ~ 43 (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” featuring Drs. Brigitte Kieffer & R. Kathryn McHugh. Visit our Annual Symposium page for more information.

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 member Lisa Merlo Greene

Dr. Lisa Merlo Greene named an American Psychological Association Citizen Psychologist Honor recognizes psychologists who improve communities, benefit society WASHINGTON — Dr. Lisa Merlo Greene of the University of Florida […]

Congratulations to CARE Member Dr. Marcelo Febo

Congratulations to CARE Member, Dr. Marcelo Febo, Dr. Febo has been named a College of Medicine 2018-19 University Term Professor. The University Term Professorship Program provides recognition to outstanding academic […]

Congratulations to Affiliate CARE Member Julianne Price

Congratulations to Affiliate CARE Member Julianne Price, a Graduate Student in Dr. Sara Jo Nixon’s lab. Julianne received two awards: the Trish Calvert Ring Fund for Psychology Graduate Student Research […]

Welcome Dr. Meredith S. Berry, New CARE Member

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