The CAR was established in January 2004 as a UTMB Center of Excellence. The CAR provides the infrastructure for research, education and outreach in addiction and related disorders for >100 faculty, staff and students across the four schools at UTMB. The MISSION of the UTMB CAR is to improve the course of chronic health disorders through new understanding of biological mechanisms and translation of discoveries into molecular therapeutics to improve the well-being of our community, state and world.
The VISION is to define the future of molecular therapeutics for addictions, obesity and related chronic CNS disorders. The CAR has built strengths in target-based discovery, disease-specific knowledge and specialized core technologies to amplify these efforts, and draws from the rich UTMB resources in structural biology, biochemistry, neuroscience and pharmacology. A key goal is to enhance and embed translational, molecular therapeutics efforts in departments and centers across campus through the leveraging of resources already in place at UTMB.
- Maintain and enhance our existing intellectually dynamic, productive and interactive environment, in which investigators across scientific disciplines can discuss ideas and data, and approach transdisciplinary questions from unique perspectives.
- Recruit new faculty in complementary scientific pursuits and continue to develop and enhance the capabilities of current facilities to include state-of-the-art facilities and technologies for the study of brain proteins.
- Support the Rodent In Vivo Assessment Core to provide animal models necessary to investigate the adaptations that occur with chronic drug-seeking behavior and the behavioral ramifications of addiction (e.g., cognition, learning and memory, anxiety, depression).
- Establish infrastructure and resources to promote target identification and development of novel molecular therapeutics.
- Fund pilot research projects to advance knowledge and encourage new faculty participation in translational research and molecular therapeutic development in addiction and related disorders.
- Emphasize cross-disciplinary dialogue and interdisciplinary training in addiction research for students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and junior faculty.
- Catalyze the across institutional collaborations necessary to respond to new initiatives in research and education in addiction and other neuropsychiatric conditions.
- Disseminate science-based knowledge on addiction to academic and professional communities and collaborate with community providers and the UTMB Office of Community Outreach to encourage provider and patient involvement in clinical research and prevention efforts.
- Function as an advisory resource, promoting the utilization of science in the formulation of policies and the development of consortiums and programs at all levels - national, state and local.
- Maintain a seamless administrative structure to empower CAR functions and catalyze the development of translational projects that cut across basic and clinical science boundaries to create new therapeutically useful knowledge. Maintain a seamless administrative structure to empower CAR functions and catalyze the development of translational projects that cut across basic and clinical science boundaries to create new therapeutically useful knowledge.