Karen Szumlinski

Seminar 3PM, July 22: Karen Szumlinski, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

3:00 PM, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 via Zoom: Zoom Meeting: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/99777953930  Read more about Dr. Szumlinki’s work here.

Robert Dvorak July 8 2020 Seminar

Seminar 3PM, July 8: Robert Dvorak, Ph.D., University of Central Florida, Department of Psychology

3:00 PM, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 via Zoom: Zoom Meeting: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/96745530068 Read more about Dr. Dvorak’s work here.

2020 grad feature

Congratulations Graduating Master’s & Doctoral Students: Ben Berey, Thomas Cirino, Joe Dragone, Tessa Frohe, Julianne Price

Benjamin Berey, Ph.D. Dr. Berey successfully defended his dissertation and has accepted a T32 post-doctoral fellowship offer from the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) at the Brown School […]

Seminar Joy Gabrielli

Seminar 3PM, June 18: Joy Gabrielli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

3:00 PM, Thursday June 18, 2020 via Zoom: Zoom Meeting: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/93036238110   

Dr. Meredith Berry UF CARE Podcast Episode 8

UF CARE Podcast Episode 8: Dr. Meredith Berry, Department of Health Education & Behavior

UF CARE Member Dr. Meredith Berry, Assistant Professor, UF Department of Health Education & Behavior, joins podcast host, Dr. Oliver Grundmann, for the eighth episode of the UF CARE Podcast. […]

Dr. Lo-Ciganic Excellence Award Feature

UF CARE Member Dr. Jenny Lo-Ciganic, Winner 2020 Excellence Award for Assistant Professors

Congratulations to Dr. Wei-Hsuan “Jenny” Lo-Ciganic, UF CARE Member and Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy.  She is winner of a 2020 Excellence Award for Assistant Professors. Excellence […]

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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 60 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. 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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CANCELED: March 18th Seminar: Dr. Kenneth Sher

Unfortunately Dr. Sher’s Seminar has been Canceled. We hope to see everyone at the UF CARE Annual Symposium, April 6, 2020.  

POSTPONED: 2020 UF CARE Symposium

The Eighth Annual UF CARE Symposium has been postponed.  Please subscribe to our newsletter and monitor our website for future updates

Spring 2020 Events

Join us at our upcoming Seminars and Annual Symposium!

February 6 UF CARE/MBI Special Seminar: Dr. Jian Feng of Florida State University

9:00 AM, February 6, 2020  Location: DeWeese Auditorium, LG-101A, McKnight Brain Institute “DNA methylcytosine oxidation in addiction” Dr. Jian Feng Assistant Professor of Biological Science & Neuroscience, Florida State University

February 19 UF CARE/SHARC Seminar: Dr. Kelly Cue Davis of Arizona State University

3:00 PM, February 19, 2020 CORRECTED LOCATION: Reitz Union 2365 “Coercive Condom Use Resistance: An Understudied Behavior in the Alcohol, Sexual Risk, and Sexual Violence Nexus” Dr. Kelly Cue Davis […]

Join Us: UF CARE Holiday Party December 18, 3:30 to 5 PM, Yon Hall North Conference Room

We Hope You Will Join Us To Celebrate Another Successful & Prosperous Year! Download The Printable Flyer Find Yon Hall With Campus Map