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Recorded Seminar: Dr. Kelly Dunn, Assoc. Professor, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Watch Recorded Seminar From 3:00 PM Eastern, May 19, 2021 Printable Flyer Read more about Dr. Dunn’s work.

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UF CARE Podcast Affiliate Episode 10: Dr. Shelby Blaes, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

UF CARE Affiliate Member Shelby Blaes, Ph.D. joins Affiliate podcast host Victor Schneider for this our 10th Affiliate installment of the UF CARE Podcast. Read more about her work here.

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UF CARE Podcast Episode 13: Dr. Liana Hone, Health Education & Behavior

UF CARE Member Liana S.E. Hone, M.S., M.P.A., Ph.D. joins podcast host Dr. Oliver Grundmann for this our 13th installment of the UF CARE Podcast. Read more about Dr. Hone’s […]

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UF CARE Eighth Annual Symposium Recorded Keynotes: Dr. Chavkin & Dr. Childress

Topic: Risk / Resiliency & Recovery Recorded at the 8th Annual UF CARE Symposium, April 20, 2021   “Molecular pharmacology of functionally selective kappa opioids in the treatment of pain […]

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UF CARE Podcast Episode 12: Dr. Bachir Kassas, Food and Resource Economics Department (IFAS)

UF CARE Member Bachir Kassas, Ph.D. joins podcast host Dr. Oliver Grundmann for this our 12th installment of the UF CARE Podcast. Read more about Dr. Kassas’ work here.

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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 7 colleges and 16 departments across both the main and HSC campuses. We have over 50 faculty (Full) members (at the time of this writing) and over 70 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 was “Opioids” featuring Drs. Brigitte Kieffer & R. Kathryn McHugh. The 2021 Annual Symposium is scheduled for April 20, 2021 –  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! (UF Foundation Donation Page)

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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May 2021 newsletter

Friends— Welcome to the 18th issue of the UF CARE Newsletter, the last for this academic year. Although the newsletter will be “on hiatus”, rest assured that addiction-related research and […]

April 2021 newsletter

Friends—  Well, it’s the end of the 2020-2021 academic calendar year and what a year it’s been!  Anxiety and uncertainty have been constant descriptors—so much so, in fact, that it […]

March 2021 newsletter

Friends— Welcome to our March 2021 newsletter. As you’ve grown to expect, inside are updates and activities from UF CARE trainees and faculty. AND you’ll find ways to connect and […]

Recorded Seminar: Nicholas W. Gilpin, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology, LSU Health

Recorded 3PM, 3/17/2021 “Central amygdala mediates alcohol withdrawal hyperalgesia”, Nicholas Gilpin, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology, LSU Health Join Zoom Meeting – 3/17/2021 – 3PM Eastern https://ufl.zoom.us/j/96183917278 Department Profile Lab Website […]

February 2021 newsletter

Friends— It is remarkable that we’ve spent almost a year operating in/adjusting to the anxieties and constraints of COVID19.  Equally remarkable is the fact that despite robust reasons to behave […]

January 2021 Newsletter

Friends— So far, 2021 looks to provide its own form of sociocultural challenge, even in the face of the continuing COVID19 pandemic. Again, we must take every effort to ensure […]