Substance Abuse Disorders Research Training Program (SART)

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and UCLA are proud to present the Substance Abuse Disorders Research Training (SART) program that replaces the Diversity-promoting Institutions Drug Abuse Research Development Program (DIDARP) that was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse from 2003 to 2020. Theodore C. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D. is the Principal Investigator, Christine Grella, Ph.D. is the UCLA lead investigator and Christina Moldovan, Ph.D. is the program administrator.

SART is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (Grant # 1R25DA050723) and is designed to advance substance abuse research skills and to reduce health disparities in substance use disorders and addiction.

The goal of the program is to educate researchers at all stages of their career in substance use disorder research, responsible conduct of research, and career advancement with a novel emphasis on community engagement and dissemination.

SART provides in-person and online training in basic research methods, biostatistics, grant writing, professional development, and more!

Please see program brochure or visit our SART page for more information!

Prior events related to drug abuse research at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science:

Dr. Theodore Freidman

  • The Diversity-promoting Institutions Drug Abuse Research Development Program (DIDARP) at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science hosted a Community Engagement and Dissemination Symposium on Smoking on May 30, 2018. Over 90 participants attended in person with another 20 online to hear about 1) Smoking Cessation in those with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, 2) Dissemination of Research on the Detrimental Effects of E-cigarettes. There was a community panel and audience discussion on “Smoking Cessation in those with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders” led by Norma Mtume, MA Health Sciences, MA MFT. You can view the slides and the talks: Schedule Video and PDF

Abuse Research Symposium

For more information about drug abuse research at CDU, please contact Dr. Friedman  drugabuseresearch@cdrewu.edu or Dr. Moldovan at cristinamoldovan@cdrewu.edu