Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Opioids and Overdose

Specific Aims: COBRE on Opioids & Overdoses

The COBRE aims to develop and sustain a vibrant interdisciplinary center of research excellence on opioids and overdose. The COBRE will support the selection, mentorship, and career development of junior investigators performing research in the area of opioids and overdose. The Center will bring together an interdisciplinary group of accomplished senior scientists, promising junior investigators, and distinguished advisors and collaborators to work closely together to establish a center of excellence in an area of clinical research that is of critical public health importance.

Impact of Funding


Research project leaders have graduated from COBRE with extramural funding.


Research papers published by COBRE funded research and pilot leaders.


Research papers published by investigators using COBRE support.

Welcome/Message from the Director


Josiah “Jody” Rich, MD, MPH
Director and Principal Investigator

Welcome to Rhode Island Hospital’s Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Opioids and Overdose, the first center of its kind that addresses the opioid epidemic. The center brings together leaders from institutions across Rhode Island to support the research needed to combat the opioid epidemic that is hampering and taking the lives of our friends and neighbors. There is a tremendous need for greater scientific understanding of the mechanisms underpinning opioid use disorder, and a need for more effective interventions to treat and prevent opioid misuse and overdose. In addition to advancing science and understanding, this funding also supports the research of junior investigators to ensure their transition to independently-funded research scientists. We are grateful to the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences of the National Institute of Health for the support for this project and recognizing its importance in our communities.

Meet the Investigators

Francesca Beaudoin
Adam Cynski, DO



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