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Drs. Cottler & Nixon

UF ABCD Study Renews for Additional Seven Years

Landmark study of adolescent brain development - Linda Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D., co-PIs - With nearly $290M of new funding for seven years to research institutions around the country, including the University of Florida, the National Institutes of Health renewed its commitment to the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development℠ (ABCD) Study… READ MORE »

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Wesson Lab Receives NIH/NIDA R01: “Circuitry and Function of Ventral Striatum Subregions”

Dr. Dan Wesson’s lab received a multi-PI NIH/NIDA R01 with Minghong Ma at the University of Pennsylvania entitled, “Circuitry and Function of Ventral Striatum Subregions”. Together with UF CARE member Dr. Lori Knackstedt who is a Co-Investigator, bringing onboard her extensive expertise in rodent models of addiction... READ MORE »

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 Awards for Assistant Professors are nominated by their academic deans.  Dr. Lo-Ciganic was this year's nominee from the College of Pharmacy for this university-wide honor, awarded by the UF Provost READ MORE »


UF CARE Podcast Episode 7 Dr. Lance McMahon

UF CARE Podcast Episode 7: Dr. Lance McMahon

UF CARE Podcast Host Dr. Oliver Grundmann is joined this episode by UF CARE member Dr. Lance McMahon, Chair & Professor, UF Department of Pharmacodynamics (Department Profile). WATCH NOW »



Translational Research Seminar HSC6935/PHC6937


Instructors: Dr. Robert Leeman & Guest Lecturers (Drs. Lisa Hightow-Weidman, Sara Jo Nixon, Ethan Mereish, Robert Lucero, Marco Salemi)


Thursdays, Period 3 (11:00-12:15); Summer A


Register for 1 Credit or Audit a Session

Advanced Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Postdocs, Trainees, Research Coordinators, and Junior Faculty are Welcome to Attend

Registration Contacts for Students: Abigail Hummel (Epi Students); abihummel@ufl.edu Jenny Neelands (all other students); jennifer4@ufl.edu

This Seminar is associated with a T32 Grant: Translational Science Training to Reduce the Impact of HIV on Alcohol Infection. Topics will include behavioral economics theory, alcohol's effects on the body, cognition, aging, prevention research, psychiatric comorbidities, and e- and m-health-based interventions. (Read more about the T32 here)

(Via SHARC Newslettter)



Dr. Robert Leeman was a guest on the "Think Act Be" podcast by Dr. Seth J. Gillihan, episode entitled “How to Develop a Healthier Relationship with Alcohol" - Listen Here

New Publications:

Canning, J. R., Patock-Peckham, J. A., Walters, K. J., Bauman, D. C., Frohe, T., & Leeman, R. F. (in press). Perfectionism discrepancy and falling short of the ideal self: Investigating drinking motives and impaired control on the road to alcohol-related problems. Personality and Individual Differences. PMCID: PMC7055728 [Available on 2021-06-01] DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2020.109909

Corbin, W. R., Berey, B. L., Waddell, J., & Leeman, R. F. (in press). Relations between acute effects of alcohol on response inhibition, impaired control over alcohol use and alcohol-related problems. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. PMID: 32154586 DOI: 10.1111/acer.14322

de Moura FB, Hiranita T, McMahon LR. The discriminative stimulus effects of epibatidine in C57BL/6J mice. Behav Pharmacol. 2020 Mar 23. doi: 10.1097/FBP.0000000000000555. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32209809

de Moura FB, Wilkerson JL, McMahon LR. Unexpected loss of sensitivity to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist activity of mecamylamine and dihydro-β-erythroidine in nicotine-tolerant mice. Brain Behav. 2020 Feb 24:e01581. doi: 10.1002/brb3.1581. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32092237

M. J. Ferracane, A. C. Brice-Tutt, J. S. Coleman, G. G. Simpson, L. L. Wilson, S. O. Eans, H. M. Stacy, T. F. Murray, J. P. McLaughlin, and J. V. AldrichDesign, Synthesis, and Characterization of the Macrocyclic Tetrapeptide cyclo[Pro-Sar-Phe-D-Phe]: A Mixed Opioid Receptor Agonist/Antagonist Following Oral Administration, ACS Chem. Neurosci., 2020, in press; PMID: 32251585 DOI: 10.1021/acschemneuro.0c00086

Gisemba, S. A.  and Aldrich J. V.Optimized Ring Closing Metathesis Reaction Conditions to Suppress Desallyl Side Products in the Solid-Phase Synthesis of Cyclic Peptides Involving Tyrosine(O-allyl), J. Org. Chem., 2020, 85, 1407-1415. DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.9b02345

Moerke MJ, McMahon LR, Wilkerson JLMore than Smoke and Patches: The Quest for Pharmacotherapies to Treat Tobacco Use Disorder. Pharmacol Rev. 2020 Apr;72(2):527-557. doi: 10.1124/pr.119.018028. Review. PMID: 32205338

Navaratne PV, Wilkerson JL, Ranasinghe KD, Semenova E, Felix JS, Ghiviriga I, Roitberg A, McMahon LR, Grenning AJ. Axially Chiral Cannabinols: A New Platform for Cannabinoid-Inspired Drug Discovery. ChemMedChem. 2020 Feb 15. doi: 10.1002/cmdc.202000025. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32061146

Peris, J., Steck, M. R., & Krause, E. G. Oxytocin treatment for alcoholism: Potential neurocircuitry targets. Neuropharmacology, Volume 171, July 2020, 108091. PMID: 32304701 DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2020.108091

Saunders SE and Levitt ES (2020) Kölliker-Fuse/Parabrachial complex mu opioid receptors contribute to fentanyl-induced apnea and respiratory rate depressionRespir Physiol Neurobiol 275:103388. PMCID: PMC7050369 DOI: 10.1016/j.resp.2020.103388

Wilkerson JL, Deba F, Crowley ML, Hamouda AK, McMahon LRAdvances in the In vitro and In vivo pharmacology of Alpha4beta2 nicotinic receptor positive allosteric modulators. Neuropharmacology. 2020 May 15;168:108008. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2020.108008. Epub 2020 Feb 12. Review. PMID: 32113032

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National Invited Speaking Engagements:

Dr. Robert Leeman will participate in a panel at the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse (NHSN) meeting being held October 14-16 in Grand Rapids, MI


Local/Regional Invited Speaking Engagements:

Dr. Robert Leeman is scheduled to give a webinar to the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health & Safety  titled  Stressors, Resilience Factors and Applicability of New Interventions for Substance Misuse - May 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM. More info. - "Dr. Leeman will speak on his research about substance misuse and highlight applications for rural populations. Leeman studies relationships between various difficulties with self-control and addictive behaviors, particularly alcohol use, though he also has also conducted research on opioid misuse, tobacco use and gambling. This webinar will include information on connections between stress, mood and alcohol use, formative research to develop a tobacco cessation intervention for rural populations, and the potential for technology-based assessment and interventions in rural populations."

Dr. Robert Leeman participated in a panel discussion entitled “Research findings from the 2019 State of the Science meeting.” Community Stakeholder Advisory Board Meeting. Hosted by Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health & Safety, Gainesville, FL, March 12, 2020.


UF CARE Affiliate Member News:

Julianne Price, Ph.D. - Dr. Price successfully defended her dissertation on April 17, 2020: "Hair Cortisol Trajectories from Pretreatment to Early Abstinence in Alcohol Use Disorder: A Correlate of Cognitive Recovery" - Congratulations Dr. Price!  

Ben Berey received a Graduate Student Registration Award for the 2020 Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction conference.  He has accepted a T32 post-doctoral fellowship offer from the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) at the Brown School of Public Health, Providence, RI.

John Lee had two posters accepted for conferences: 

Lee, J., & Cheong, J. (May, 2020). Associations among flavored cigarette smoking, pleasant sensation, positive expectancies, and current/future tobacco use among US adolescents. Society for Prevention Research (SPR), Washington, DC. (Accepted).

Lee, J., Striley, C. W., & Cheong, J. (June, 2020). Co-use of e-cigarettes and other substances among US young adults. College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), Hollywood, FL. (Accepted).

(UF CARE Members and Affiliate Members in Bold)