2019 travel awardees

Congratulations, 2019 UF CARE Travel Awardees

  After a competitive application process the UF CARE Travel Awards Committee has selected the 2019 UF CARE Travel Awardees.  These UF CARE Affiliate Members will present at two Pre-Meeting […]


Dr. Robert F. Leeman awarded Mary F. Lane Endowed Professorship

UF CARE Executive Committee Member Dr. Robert F. Leeman was awarded the Mary F. Lane Endowed Professorship at the Health and Human Performance (HHP) Spring Awards Banquet. Ms. Lane, who […]

Adrie Bruijnzeel, Ph.D.

Dr. Adriaan Bruijnzeel receives new R01 from National Institute on Drug Abuse

UF CARE Member Adriaan Bruinzeel, Ph.D. has received an R01 award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse titled “Crosstalk Between Dopamine and Glucocorticoids in High Levels of Nicotine Intake […]

Linda Cottler

Dr. Cottler Receives 2019 CPDD Mentorship Award

UF CARE member Linda Cottler, PhD, MPH, FACE, has been selected to receive the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Mentorship Award, which will be presented at the CPDD […]

TEDxUF: Dr. Lisa Merlo: “To Find Fulfillment, Stop Chasing Success.”

UF CARE Member Dr. Lisa Merlo was one of 10 presenters at the 10th Annual TEDxUF on April 6, 2019 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Her talk […]

UF CARE Seventh Annual Symposium

The UF CARE Seventh Annual Symposium took place Monday, April 15, 2019. Thank you to everyone who participated for making this year an overwhelming success with our largest attendance yet: […]

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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 over 40 faculty (Full) members (at the time of this writing) and over 40 trainee (Affiliate) members!   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, generous support from the McKnight Brain Institute, the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Department of Psychiatry, and Department of Pharmacodynamics. 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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