Substance Use Priority Research Area

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    845 Angliana Avenue, Robert Straus Behavioral Science Laboratory

    40508 Lexington

    United States

Organization profile

Organization profile

Our vision is to be the nationally and internationally leading substance use research institute that seeks to solve important problems to improve public health through interdisciplinary and innovative research and education on the biological, psychological and societal underpinnings of substance use disorders. 

The mission is to prevent and reduce the burdens of substance use disorders through conducting and translating transdisciplinary and innovative research to inform clinical services, training and public health practice, and transform policy. 

Our core values are based in our mission to educate leaders and practitioners in the substance use field and to generate new knowledge to reduce the burdens of substance use disorders on individuals, community and society. We value: 

  • creative, rigorous, reproducible, transformative and innovative research. 
  • the dissemination of new knowledge that increases our understanding of substance use disorders and the application of this new knowledge to reduce societal burdens that stems from substance use disorders. 
  • diverse research interests, collaboration and collegiality. 
  • a diverse and inclusive research community that embraces all members. 
  • innovative education, training and mentoring at all career stages. 

For more information contact Sharon Walsh, Director of the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research,

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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