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!

Drug abuse research events at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science:

E-Cigarette Symposium: March 19, 2021

Drug Legalization Panel , February 26, 2021

SART Institute 4: Clinical, Epidemiological, and Behavioral Skill Development, April 16, 2021

Introduction and Overview of Clinical and Behavioral Research in Drug Abuse Research
Christine Grella, Ph.D. (UCLA)
Specific Aims Assignment
Theodore Friedman, M.D., Ph.D. (CDU/UCLA)

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/_SpIF1nbLVQi_FZxYaIxe7ksFV4bnZSJ7IqQhiltyryF-5pqIGzvpovpGCk0CIJs.lgHTniBuCxqpv0sy?startTime=1618586175000

What Works in Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Brian Hurley, M.D., M.B.A. (UCLA)

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/_SpIF1nbLVQi_FZxYaIxe7ksFV4bnZSJ7IqQhiltyryF-5pqIGzvpovpGCk0CIJs.lgHTniBuCxqpv0sy?startTime=1618587606000

Secondary Data Base Analysis of Drug Addiction
Magda Shaheen, Ph.D. (CDU/UCLA)

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/_SpIF1nbLVQi_FZxYaIxe7ksFV4bnZSJ7IqQhiltyryF-5pqIGzvpovpGCk0CIJs.lgHTniBuCxqpv0sy?startTime=1618591118000 

Principles of Smoking Cessation Clinical Trials
Lara Ray, Ph.D. (UCLA)

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/_SpIF1nbLVQi_FZxYaIxe7ksFV4bnZSJ7IqQhiltyryF-5pqIGzvpovpGCk0CIJs.lgHTniBuCxqpv0sy?startTime=1618595264000

Addiction Treatment Services: Historical Influences and Current Status
Christine Grella, Ph.D.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/_SpIF1nbLVQi_FZxYaIxe7ksFV4bnZSJ7IqQhiltyryF-5pqIGzvpovpGCk0CIJs.lgHTniBuCxqpv0sy?startTime=1618603309000

Theories of Behavioral Change
Shahrzad Bazargan, Ph.D. (CDU/UCLA) and Mohsen Bazargan, Ph.D. (CDU)

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/_SpIF1nbLVQi_FZxYaIxe7ksFV4bnZSJ7IqQhiltyryF-5pqIGzvpovpGCk0CIJs.lgHTniBuCxqpv0sy?startTime=1618607178000

Epidemiology of Substance Use
Shervin Assari, M.D., M.P.H. (CDU)

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/_SpIF1nbLVQi_FZxYaIxe7ksFV4bnZSJ7IqQhiltyryF-5pqIGzvpovpGCk0CIJs.lgHTniBuCxqpv0sy?startTime=1618607178000

How to take your clinical/biobehavioral science research to the next level-Writing Hypothesis/Specific Aims (optional workgroup)
Theodore Friedman, M.D., Ph.D. and Christine Grella, Ph.D.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/_SpIF1nbLVQi_FZxYaIxe7ksFV4bnZSJ7IqQhiltyryF-5pqIGzvpovpGCk0CIJs.lgHTniBuCxqpv0sy?startTime=1618612425000

SART Institute 3: Basic Science Research Skill Development, February 19, 2021

SART Institute 2: Diverse Populations: Working with racial/ethnic, sexual and gender minorities, December 4, 2020

  • SART Institute 2: Diverse Populations: Working with racial/ethnic, sexual and gender minorities, December 4, 2020 Playlist

SART Institute 1: Methodological Skill Development, October 16, 2020

California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP)

3/5/2021 - 3rd Annual Smoking Cessation Day (Presentation Slides and Videos)

3rd Annual Community Smoking Cessation Symposium, July 24,2020

  • 3rd Annual Community Smoking Cessation Symposium, July 24,2020

    • Keynote speakers for this event included: Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM, Norval J. Hickman III, Ph.D., M.P.H., Norma Stoker-Mtume, MHS, MA MFT, Luz Rodriguez, Lara Ray, PhD, ABPP, Samuel Kim, MS – CDU, Jason Martinez, MS, Briana Lopez, MS, MPH, Theodore C. Friedman, MD, PhD

2/21/2020 - 2nd Annual Smoking Cessation Day (Presentation Slides and Videos)

Community Smoking Cessation Symposium July 12, 2019

  • Community Smoking Cessation Symposium July 12, 2019

    • Keynote speakers for this event included: Theodore C. Friedman, MD, PhD, Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, Norma Mtume, MA, MFT, Lara Ray, PhD, ABPP, Diana Ho, Wave Ananda-Baskerville, Brandon Towns, Darlene Walker, M.A., Nancy Hernandez, M.S.W., James Stinson, Alison Quals, M.P.A., Kim Howard, Sandra Lucero, Christopher Rubio, Jack Rubio, Latasha Dixon, L.M.F.T., Briana Lopez, M.S., Julian Wilson, M.S., Jazmine Guillen, Jonathan Tandoc

1st Annual LA County Smoking Cessation Day February 1, 2019

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