Several CARC faculty have taken a leading role in innovative curriculum development and scholarship in the emerging field of interprofessional education (IPE). IPE occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other. Dr. Scott Edwards and Dr. Tekeda Ferguson are part of a faculty advisory team developing a focused IPE training exercise centered on Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). This annual exercise will commence in 2018 and will include participation from approximately 800 health professions students from 34 campus programs at our health sciences center. It is the CARC's vision that these efforts to educate future diverse healthcare teams on the effective diagnosis and treatment of AUD and closely related co-morbidities such as HIV will having a wide-reaching and lasting impact on community health. For more information on our efforts to educate future healthcare providers on collaborative treatment of AUD, please see our 2014 publication. Also available in PDF.
T32 - Biomedical Alcohol Research Training Program
The NIAAA-funded T32 Biomedical Alcohol Research Training Program provides predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows interested in careers as independent alcohol scientists with diverse and interdisciplinary training and mentorship so that they can acquire the tools needed to perform high quality, competitive research. T32 trainees participate in multiple aspects of outreach, education, and dissemination related to the results of CARC translational studies.
Alcohol and gonadal hormone loss-mediated mechanisms of mitochondrial dysregulation in insulin-producing and insulin-sensitive tissues using a simian model of HIV. Elucidating the neural circuits and neurobiological factors that underlie substance (primarily alcohol) use disorders in order to inform prevention and treatment strategies for substance use and related psychiatric disorders. Understanding the role of adolescent alcohol exposure as a critical mediator of the development of sex-dependent phenotypes and identifying potential pharmacological targets to rescue these deficits.