Josiah “Jody” Rich, MD, MPH

Deputy Director
Traci Green, PhD, MSc

Heather Wunschel
Administrative Coordinator

Letter from the Director


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 more effective interventions to treat and prevent opioid misuse and overdose, and it is a true honor to work with incredible project leaders as they tackle these challenges in their amazing projects. 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.

About the COBRE Program

The objectives of NIGM’s COBRE initiative are to strengthen an institution’s biomedical research infrastructure through the establishment of a thematic multidisciplinary center and to enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for NIH individual research grants or other external peer-reviewed support. COBRE awards are supported through the IDeA Program, which aims to foster health-related research by increasing competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states with historically low aggregate success rates for grant awards from NIH.
Proposed centers are expected to develop a critical mass of investigators who can secure external funding to support their research programs. Therefore, providing research support and career development guidance to junior investigators must be one of the central focuses of the proposed Center.

COBRE Specific Aims

Grow the Center on Opioids and Overdose

Develop and sustain a critical mass of independent investigators specialized
in opioids and overdose

Have a positive impact on the opioid epidemic through the work and
research done by Center faculty, investigators and staff.

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