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What Is A T32?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a federal scientific research institute under the National Institutes of Health, is the nation’s largest supporter of research scientists seeking answers to the problems of drug use and addiction. NIDA offers a strategic set of funding mechanisms to support the development of research scientists through multiple stages of their careers. These awards are designed to ensure that scientists of the very highest caliber are available to meet the nation’s need for drug abuse and addiction research.

The NIDA T32 grant program was established to enable institutions to recruit individuals selected by the program leadership for predoctoral and/or postdoctoral research training in specified scientific areas. Its purpose is ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles related to biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research agenda. The number of positions available within each program varies with each award.

The NIDA T32 program at UAMS has had a total of 10 pre-doctoral candidates, with three of those currently appointed. The program has had 31 first-year medical students serve summer internships, including four currently on board. We have had a total of 14 post-doctoral candidates, with four of those currently appointed, and we have had two third-year residents complete a year of training in the program.

Here is a list of some of the more prominent events in the history of the NIDA T32 Addiction Research Training Program.

  • The T32 launched in July 1, 2009, under the leadership of Dr. Warren Bickel, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Bickel left UAMS in 2010 was replaced by Dr. Alan Budney, Ph.D.
  • The first post-doctoral candidate completed the fellowship in 2010.
  • Dr. Budney left UAMS in 2011 and Dr. Clint Kilts, Ph.D., became the director of the program in its third year.
  • The T32 was renewed for five years by NIDA on July 1, 2014.
  • In the Summer of 2015, we had one NIDA diversity student.
  • In the Summer of 2016, we had two NIDA diversity students.