RIA Scientist Samir Haj-Dahmane, PhD (left) and student Katherine Evely.

RIA Scientist Samir Haj-Dahmane, PhD (left) and student Katherine Evely

CRIA offers opportunities for researchers and other professionals to develop their skills and knowledge through our postdoctoral research training program, seminars and conferences.

UB Addictions Education

UB offers multiple opportunities for students to learn about substance use, misuse and addiction through classes and learning opportunities in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, Graduate School of Education, Law School, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Public Health and Health Professions and School of Social Work.

Addiction Medicine Fellowship

UB’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship is among the very first accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Offered through the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the fellowship prepares students to assume leadership roles in all areas of addiction medicine, from clinical care to research and education. The one-year program is at the forefront of training physicians to use evidence-based care to treat substance abuse

Addictions medicine rotation

In the Jacobs School Department of Family Medicine, medical students can participate in a rotation in addictions medicine, where they learn to manage patients with alcohol and other substance use disorders, including prescribed medications and other non-proprietary drug use. They learn to recognize addiction problems, perform referrals appropriately and effectively, manage patients who refuse referral and work in conjunction with addiction medicine specialists.

Educating tomorrow’s health specialists

More than 900 participating students from all of UB’s health science disciplines (medicine, nursing, social work, pharmacy, dentistry, public health) participate in interprofessional exercises to learn how to recognize and address addiction in a variety of settings.

Addiction education across disciplines

Students outside the health sciences also have opportunities to study addiction and substance use and misuse. Classes exploring addiction and its effects on individuals and society are offered through the departments of psychology, sociology, social work, counseling, history, law, urban planning and public policy, among others.

‘Mini-Med School’ educates community

The Jacobs School has an active “Mini-Medical School” to inform the public on health issues.  Recent topics include the history of addictions in the US, current knowledge of the neurobiology of addiction, factors contributing to the rise of opioid addictions and deaths, and currently available treatment modalities.