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Florida: Receives NIDA Training Grant in Addiction Research

The University of Florida has received a T32 award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to prepare pre and postdoctoral fellows for careers in research on drug use, addiction, and consequences of addiction.

The T32 Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health addresses increased drug use in Florida, especially of opioids and cocaine, as well as a shortage of public health scientists in the drug abuse field. The program focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of substance use and its consequences and co-morbidities, with a focus on social determinants of health and health inequalities, and the development of behavioral interventions. The program is directed by Dr. Linda B. Cottler, a professor in the department of epidemiology in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, and co-directed by Dr. Sara Jo Nixon, a professor of psychiatry at the UF College of Medicine.

The new grant is a five-year renewal of a training grant UF received in 2014. Through the initial training grant, 19 UF faculty members across six colleges mentored nine predoctoral and five postdoctoral fellows.

“While this T32 has made excellent progress since 2014, there are additional goals to achieve,” said Dr. Cottler, PHHP’s associate dean for research. “Now, more than ever, public health researchers, especially epidemiologists, need to work together with scientists from other disciplines to develop best practices for addiction research through all translational stages.”

The program is designed to provide trainees with an apprenticeship-style education to help them master skills necessary to critically evaluate data, conduct multiple aspects of addiction research and become successful investigators.

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