Center for Drug Abuse Research (CDAR) was established in 1994 to
build Howard University’s capability to conduct drug abuse research,
and to serve as a respository and resource for Historically Black
Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the area of drug abuse research
on African Americans. Within its overall mission, CDAR’s focus is
on the epidemiology and prevention of drug abuse among African Americans
from the prenatal period through adulthood. In recent years, CDAR
has been a resource to international researchers, particularly in
southern Africa, who are interested in developing culturally appropriate
research for African populations.
As a multidisciplinary
center, CDAR is associated with faculty investigators in both the
Health Affairs and Academic Affairs Divisions within Howard University,
who are conducting research on drug abuse. CDAR provides research
development activities to support and strengthen the capacity of
faculty at Howard University and other HBCUs to participate in drug
abuse research programs, through:
• Sponsorship to national conferences, meetings and workshops.
• Internships and Assistantships.
• Teaching and training opportunities.
• Information dissemination and updates via list-serve, fax and
CDAR was established
by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and is sustained through
University funding and grants/contracts from a number of Federal
and private agencies, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse,
the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the Administration
for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), and the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation Substance Abuse Policy Research Program. CDAR represents
Howard University on the National HBCU Substance Abuse Consortium,
which coordinates curricula training in substance abuse at nearly
60 HBCUs throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean.