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Center for Addiction Research

Changing outcomes, saving lives through work on opioid, stimulant, cannabis, and alcohol use disorders

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Center for Addiction Research (CAR)

As a national leader in addiction research, UC COM has expanded its scope by establishing the Center for Addiction Research (CAR), including investigators working on opioid, stimulant, cannabis, and alcohol use disorders.

Our investigators are known as leaders in addiction research for their work on multi-center cooperative research programs including the Ohio Valley Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network and the Healing Communities Study. The CAR encourages collaborations that are cross-disciplinary and span the translational science spectrum to accelerate scientific progress.

Three main areas of Addiction Research

  1. Addiction treatment development and testing
  2. Perinatal addiction and developmental consequences
  3. Population health and health services

Research Resources:

The University of Cincinnati offers a number of research resources, with their Core Facilities.

CAR Director

Winhusen T updated photo with suit 7.12.2021Dr. T. John Winhusen is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati where he serves as the Vice Chair for Addiction Sciences and the Donald C. Harrison Endowed Chair in Medicine. Dr. Winhusen has conducted National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded research for the past 20 years devoted to improving the treatment of substance use disorders including cocaine, tobacco, and opioid use disorders. He is the PI for the Ohio Valley Node of NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network (CTN) and is one of the foremost experts in conducting multi-site addiction clinical trials, having been the national PI for six NIDA CTN-funded multi-site clinical trials. He is currently serving as the Co-PI for the Ohio Healing Communities Study (HCS), which will evaluate the impact of implementing evidence-based interventions on opioid overdose deaths in 19 Ohio counties.

Center for Addiction Research Leadership

Center for addiction research leadership

From left to right: Dr. Stephanie Merhar, Perinatal Addiction/Developmental Consequences core lead, Dr. Andrew Norman, Addiction Treatment Development and Testing core lead, Dr. Shauna Acquavita and Dr. Caroline Freiermuth, Population Health and Health Services core co-leaders, and Dr. T. John Winhusen, CAR Director.

CAR Vision, Mission and Principles

CAR Vision
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