Addressing the opioid crisis: CLIC to host “Un-Meeting” to foster opioid research collaborations


More than 115 Americans die every day due to opioid overdoses, and prescription drug misuse costs the nation $78.5 billion in healthcare, law enforcement and lost productivity each year. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced an initiative pledging resources and efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. On the heels of that announcement, the Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC) will host an “Un-Meeting” to discuss how to best address opioid misuse and abuse through translational science.

The Un-Meeting aims to bring together researchers, clinicians, policy makers, public health professionals and healthcare innovators interested in combating the opioid crisis through translational research. The event will focus on topics like developing non-addictive strategies to manage pain and creating innovative methods to engage those with opioid use disorders in research.

This unconventional meeting, which lacks the rules and structure of a traditional conference, will be the first in a series of Un-Meetings organized by the CLIC, the coordinating center for the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program. This format helps foster “water cooler” discussions and allows attendees to cultivate ideas, make academic, industry and government connections, and develop multidisciplinary partnerships.

Dr. Redonna Chandler, AIDS Research program director at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), is excited about the prospect of bringing people together from diverse backgrounds and allowing them to drive the conversation.

“NIDA is delighted to collaborate with NCATS, the CTSA Program and the CLIC to develop strategies for a robust evidence base for dealing with the current opioid epidemic,” said Chandler. “Devoting a meeting to exploring unique translational science opportunities and collaborations is an important step toward developing a research agenda dedicated to saving lives and improving public health.”  

The Un-Meeting will feature brief presentations from field-related experts to help frame the issues and identify key topics, followed by breakout sessions and networking opportunities. Further details, including logistics and registration information, can be found below. Visit the Save the Date to learn more.

WHAT: An Un-Meeting to Address the Opioid Crisis through Translational Science

WHEN: Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. *Informal reception Friday, June 1, 2018 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: University of Rochester Medical Center, Saunders Research Building, 265 Crittenden Blvd., Rochester NY, 14642

REGISTRATION: Please register by May 23 as space is limited – the registration link can be found here. Event admission is free of charge, but interested parties must fund their own travel and accommodations.

Note: One travel award will be available for each CTSA Program hub. For CTSA Program hub members interested in receiving travel award information, please contact your hub PI or Administrator.