What is the COBRE on Opioids & Overdose?

The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Opioids and Overdose, based at the Rhode Island Hospital, is the first center of its kind aimed to collaboratively address the opioid epidemic. This COBRE is a vibrant, interdisciplinary center that supports research essential to understanding the mechanisms underlying opioid use disorder and developing innovative solutions. A main objective of the NIH-Funded COBRE initiative is to support the development of junior investigators into independently funded investigators, and to develop a critical mass of investigators competitive for peer-reviewed external research funding.

Meet the Investigators



Brendan Jacka, MSc, PhD

Evaluating trauma among overdose survivors and bystanders: a mixed methods study

Nicole H. Weiss, PhD

Co-Occurrence of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Opioid Use Outcomes among Community Individuals

David W. Sobel, MD

Evaluation of a nonopioid recovery pathway after percutaneous nephrolithotomy

Patience Moyo, PhD

Use of non-opioid and non-drug treatment for chronic pain: trends and relationships with opioid prescribing and outcomes in Rhode Island All Payer Claims Data

Amy Lynn Salisbury, PhD

Monitoring newborn sleep to improve treatment and outcomes from opioid exposure

Rachel Wightman, MD

Unintentional fatal opioid overdose in women: toxicologic and pharmacologic sex differences in cause of death

Jaclyn White Hughto, PhD, MPH

CoMBAT Opioid Use Disorder: A Pilot RCT of a Combined Medication assisted and Behavioral Activation Treatment for People Living with Opioid Use Disorder.

Kirsten Langdon, PhD

Text message delivered intervention to promote engagement in medication assisted treatment among the criminal justice- involved population


Francesca Beaudoin

Francesca Beaudoin, MD, PhD

ED-based behavioral interventions for opioid use disorders, a mixed-methods study.
Adam Cynski, DO

Adam Czynski, DO

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS): Fetus to First Years.

Sara Becker, PhD

Implementing contingency management in opioid treatment centers across Rhode Island: Formative research to inform a cluster randomized trial.

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