The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Opioids and Overdose at Rhode Island Hospital is the first center of its kind to address the opioid epidemic. The Center is funded by a 5-year grant from the National Institute on General Medical Sciences and is directed by Principal Investigator Josiah “Jody” Rich, MD, MPH and Deputy Director Traci Green, PhD, MSc. The Center brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers, policymakers, public health officials, community-based organizations, and scientists from across Rhode Island to help implement policies and practices that will curb this epidemic. The Center also aims to support excellence in research essential to understanding the mechanisms underlying opioid use disorder and developing innovative solutions.
The COBRE is organized into four cores, each led by experts in their fields from Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital. The Administrative Core led by Dr. Jody Rich oversees the administrative structure and activities of the COBRE. The Data and Research Core led by Brandon Marshall, PhD provides quantitative expertise, methodological knowledge on study designs, and technological resources. The Translational and Transformative Core headed by Susan Ramsey, PhD and Traci Green, PhD, MSc strengthens translational research in social, behavioral, and clinical sciences, as well as improving study dissemination. Lastly, The Special Populations Core spearheaded by Curt Beckwith, MD and Timothy Flanigan, MD assists in the recruitment process and provide guidance in conducting ethical research with vulnerable populations.