MissionCenter for Addiction Research


Tresearch_build17he CAR was established in January 2004 as a UTMB Center of Excellence. The CAR provides the infrastructure for research, education and outreach in substance use disorders (SUDs) 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 SUDs, 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.


  • Integrate a diverse group of mentees into funded, SUD-related programs across translational research arenas
  • Instill a rich depth of knowledge of SUD sciences from 27 mentors with demonstrated commitment to students
  • Expose trainees to key concepts in scientific ethics and increase diversity across the full spectrum of possibilities
  • Provide first-rate preparation for independent careers with the commitment to address the grand challenge
  • Disseminate learning's to improve societal health, productivity, and life fulfillment through high-impact publications and active community outreach programs

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