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 participate in the UF CARE Annual Symposium.  An advantage of the Zoom new normal is participating even when you can’t physically attend – We hope you will!  We have an exciting program with Short Talks, Data Blitzes, Roundtables, Keynote Lectures, and Poster Sessions. All at No Charge!  Check it out.

All the best and hope to see you on April 20th - SJN 


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UF CARE Podcast Episode 11 Dr. Striley

UF CARE Podcast Episode 11: Dr. Catherine Striley, UF Department of Epidemiology

UF CARE Member & Executive Committee Member Catherine L. Striley, PhD, MSW, MPE joins host Dr. Oliver Grundmann.

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UF CARE Podcast Affiliate Episode 8, Ariana Brice Tutt, Department of Pharmacodynamics

This month affiliate podcast host Victor Schneider is joined by UF CARE Affiliate Member Ariana Brice Tutt, a graduate student of Dr. Jay McLaughlin.


Co-Sponsored Seminar with UF Department of Pharmacodynamics

12:00 PM, Wednesday, May 15, 2021

"Taurine and glycine receptors as common targets for alcohol and the relapse-preventing drug acamprosate"

Mia Ericson, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry

University of Gothenburg

UF CARE Seminar 3/17/2021 at 3pm: Nicholas Gilpin, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology, LSU Health


Dr. Joy Gabrielli - A study with Brown University (PI: Kristina Jackson) using ecological momentary assessment to evaluate youth exposure to alcohol marketing in social media was recently funded by NIAAA. The R01 grant is titled, "Understanding Adolescent In-vivo Exposure to Alcohol Content in Media". NIH Reporter Info

Dr. Jay McLaughlin: NIH-NIDA 1 R43/R44 DA053846-01 (w/Sparian Biosciences, PI). “Development of CP-analogs as novel treatments for opioid use disorder”


Dr. Barry Setlow will present at the Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Augusta University (April 30)

Dr. Catherine Striley is an invited speaker for the Florida Blue Foundation’s 2021 Virtual Community Health Symposium and Sapphire Awards on May 4-5, 2021. Dr. Striley will present “The Role of Health Navigators in Health Care”. Event Information


List of Affiliates and Alumni has been updated:

Please let us know about any updates.

UF CARE Affiliate Member Erin Corcoran recently completed her masters defense in the Clinical and Health Psychology Program.  She is continuing on in the program to pursue a Ph.D.

We would like to sincerely congratulate UF CARE Affiliate Member Dr. Shawnta Lloyd on successfully defending her dissertation entitled, “Predictors of marijuana use patterns and driving under the influence of marijuana among older adults”. (Submitted by Dr. Lloyd's mentor, Dr. Catherine Striley)


UF CARE Affiliate Member Sabrina Zequeira received a travel award to attend the IBNS meeting (International Behavioral Neuroscience Society) in June, 2021.

UF CARE Affiliates Christian Garcia and Neo Gebru received two of the three 2021 Diversity Awards for the Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Conference last week. Selection was based on blind review by members of the APA Division 50.

UF CARE Affiliate John Lee recieved a SRNT 2021 Travel Award to virtually attend the meeting in February. 

11th Annual North Central Florida Society for Neuroscience Chapter Meeting Affiliate Member Winners:

Undergraduate Abstract Winners:

Second Place: Apollonia Lysandrou


Graduate Abstract Winners:

First Place: Amy Alleyne

Second Place: Hugh N Farrior


Postdoc Abstract Winners:

Second Place: Dr. Christina Gobin

Third Place: Dr. Carly Logan


Postdoc Presentation Winner:

Dr. Christina Gobin


UF CARE Official Logos Available for your Posters & Presentations

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Please remember us when preparing your posters and presentations!


"Race/Ethnicity and the impact of cumulative adversities on smoking trajectories among current smokers in the US: Results from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study." Jaqueline Avila, Nikki Nollen, Juhan Lee, Christopher Schmid, Jasjit Ahluwalia. 2021 SRNT.;

"Correlates of Dual Use of Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes Among Individuals with Substance Use Disorder Latent Class Analysis Using Longitudinal Data." Juhan Lee, Mildred Maldonado-Molina, Scott Alan Teitelbaum, Deborah Morrison, Lisa Greene Merlo. 2021 SRNT.

He has an upcoming poster at CPDD: Lee. J., Lindstrom. K., & McHugh, R.K. Benzodiazepine Misuse and Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. Adults: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) 2015-2018. 83rd College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD). June 2021. (Accepted).


Dr. Lisa Merlo is looking for a postdoc mentee with interest in substance use disorders and other potentially-impairing conditions among physicians and other healthcare professionals to start by June 30, 2021. Please email her at for more info!

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in HIV and Alcohol Research (SHARC): There are available spots on the NIAAA T32 on HIV/Alcohol translational research. A background in substance and/or HIV research is preferred but are open to candidates who have good skills and a willingness to move their research in this direction for postdoc. Dr. Robert Leeman is happy to answer any questions -  - The description is available on the SHARC website: Current Opportunities

Postdoctoral fellowship available on NIDA-funded T32, UF Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health. Director Dr. Linda Cottler is seeking a postdoc available to start around May 1, 2021, with background in substance use research. Opportunity to work on the National Drug Early Warning System. Contact Tamara Millay ( with questions. More information is available on the website.


(UF CARE Members, Affiliate Members, and Alumni in Bold)

Chear NJ, León F, Sharma A, Kanumuri SRR, Zwolinski G, Abboud KA, Singh D, Restrepo LF, Patel A, Hiranita T, Ramanathan S, Hampson AJ, McMahon LR, McCurdy CR. Exploring the Chemistry of Alkaloids from Malaysian Mitragyna speciosa (Kratom) and the Role of Oxindoles on Human Opioid Receptors. J Nat Prod. 2021 Feb 26. doi: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.0c01055. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33635670

Cirino TJ, Alleyne AR, Duarte V, Figueroa A, Simons CA, Anceaume EM, Kendrick J, Wallman O, Eans SO, Stacy HM, Medina JM, McLaughlin JP: Expression of human immunodeficiency virus transactivator of transcription (HIV-Tat1-86) protein alters nociceptive processing that is sensitive to anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory interventions. Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology., 2021 Feb 22; PMID: 33619645

Gabrielli, J., Corcoran, E., Genis, S., McClure, A. C., & Tanski, S. E. (2021). Exposure to Television Alcohol Brand Appearances as Predictor of Adolescent Brand Affiliation and Drinking Behaviors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 1-14.  PMID: 33515372

Kamble SH, Berthold EC, King TI, Raju Kanumuri SR, Popa R, Herting JR, León F, Sharma A, McMahon LR, Avery BA, McCurdy CR. Pharmacokinetics of Eleven Kratom Alkaloids Following an Oral Dose of Either Traditional or Commercial Kratom Products in Rats. J Nat Prod. 2021 Feb 23. doi: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.0c01163. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33620222

Lee. J., Tan. ASL., Porter, L., Young-Wolff. K., Carter-Harris, L., & Salloum, R. G. Association between Social Media Use and Vaping among Florida Youth. Preventing Chronic Disease. (Accepted).

Liu Y, Cheong J, Setlow B, Cottler LB. Cocaine and Marijuana Polysubstance Use and Cocaine Use Disorder: Investigating Mediated Effects through Patterns of Cocaine Use. J Dual Diagn. 2021 Jan-Mar;17(1):23-33. doi: 10.1080/15504263.2020.1849887. Epub 2020 Dec 10. PMID: 33300839; PMCID: PMC7902454.

Midroit M, Chalençon L, Renier N, Milton A, Thevenet M, Sacquet J, Breton M, Forest J, Noury N, Richard M, Raineteau O, Ferdenzi C, Fournel A, Wesson DW, Bensafi M, Didier A, Mandairon N. Neural processing of the reward value of pleasant odorants. Curr Biol. 2021 Feb 18:S0960-9822(21)00131-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.01.066. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33607032.

Morris MR, Hoeflich CC, Nutley S, Ellingrod VL, Riba MB, Striley CW. Use of Psychiatric Medication by College Students: A Decade of Data. Pharmacotherapy. 2021 Feb 14. doi: 10.1002/phar.2513. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33583071.

Nooner KB, Chung T, Feldstein Ewing SW, Brumback T, Arwood Z, Tapert SF, Brown SA, Cottler L. Retaining Adolescent and Young Adult Participants in Research During a Pandemic: Best Practices From Two Large-Scale Developmental Neuroimaging Studies (NCANDA and ABCD). Front Behav Neurosci. 2021 Jan 18;14:597902. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2020.597902. PMID: 33536880; PMCID: PMC7848221.

Nutley SK, Falise AM, Henderson R, Apostolou V, Mathews CA, Striley CW. The impact of COVID-19 on disordered eating behavior: a qualitative analysis of social media users’ response to the global pandemic. JMIR Ment Health. 2021.8(1): DOI: 10.2196/26011

Obeng S, Wilkerson JL, León F, Reeves ME, Restrepo LF, Gamez-Jimenez LR, Patel A, Pennington AE, Taylor VA, Ho NP, Braun T, Fortner JD, Crowley ML, Williamson MR, Pallares VLC, Mottinelli M, Lopera-Londoño C, McCurdy CR, McMahon LR, Hiranita T. Pharmacological Comparison of Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine: In Vitro Affinity and Efficacy for μ-Opioid Receptor and Opioid-Like Behavioral Effects in Rats. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2021 Mar;376(3):410-427. doi: 10.1124/jpet.120.000189. Epub 2020 Dec 31. PMID: 33384303; PMCID: PMC7923387

Palamar JJ, Fitzgerald ND, Keyes KM, Cottler LB. Drug checking at dance festivals: A review with recommendations to increase generalizability of findings. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2021 Feb 18. doi: 10.1037/pha0000452. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33600199.

Uprety R, Che T, Zaidi SA, Grinnell SG, Varga BR, Faouzi A, Slocum ST, Allaoa A, Váradi A, Nelson M, Kulko E, Le Rouzic V, Eans SO, Simons CA, Hunkele A, Subrath J, Pan YX, Javitch JA, McLaughlin JP, Roth BL, Pasternak GW, Katritch V, Majumdar S: Controlling opioid receptor functional selectivity by targeting distinct subpockets of the orthosteric site. eLife, 2021 Feb 8; 10:e56519. doi:10.7554/eLife.56519. PMID: 33555255. PMCID: PMC7909954


UF Drug Discovery Symposium, April 22-23

Dr. Jay McLaughlin is on the planning committee of this meeting. Please contact him with any interest or questions.

International Narcotics Research Conference (INRC), July 12-14

Watch for upcoming announcements with more details.  Cost-effective speaking opportunities for students, postdocs and faculty to present research to the community are available! Follow INRC on Twitter.

Dr. Jay McLaughlin is on the planning committee of this meeting. Please contact him with any interest or questions.