September 25, 2023


Throughout this lecture, Sharon L. Walsh, Ph.D., will focus on how the HEALing Communities Study (HCS) is testing the prevention and therapy of opioid misuse in choose communities onerous hit by the opioid disaster. Dr. Walsh will describe how the HCS has begun to develop entry to evidence-based care, enhance knowledge availability and timeliness, handle social determinants of well being, cut back stigma by public well being communications campaigns, and modify related insurance policies.

About Dr. Walsh

Dr. Sharon Walsh headshot

Dr. Walsh is a professor of Behavioral Science, Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences within the Schools of Medication and Pharmacy on the College of Kentucky and serves as Director of the Middle on Drug and Alcohol Analysis and the Substance Use Dysfunction Precedence Analysis Space. Dr. Walsh is the Principal Investigator of the HCS on the College of Kentucky.

Dr. Walsh’s medical analysis focuses on pharmacological and behavioral points in opioid use dysfunction, together with research on the efficacy of pharmacotherapies for opioid use dysfunction, abuse legal responsibility of psychoactive medicine, and the pharmacology of broadly used opioid analgesics. She has printed greater than 150 manuscripts and has been acknowledged with quite a few awards, together with the Betty Ford Award, the Marian Fischman Award, and the Presidential Early Profession Award for Scientists and Engineers. 

Dr. Walsh has been funded by the Nationwide Institutes of Well being (NIH) all through her profession, lectures nationally and internationally on opioid misuse, opioid use dysfunction and its therapy, and has served as an advisor to the Nationwide Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the U.S. Division of Veterans Affairs, NIH, the American Society for Dependancy Medication, the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration and the World Well being Group. She at present serves on the Scientific Advisory Council for NIDA.

In regards to the Director’s Innovation Speaker Sequence

The Nationwide Institute of Psychological Well being (NIMH) established the Director’s Innovation Speaker Sequence to encourage broad, interdisciplinary pondering in creating scientific initiatives and applications and to press for theoretical leaps in science over the continuation of incremental thought. Innovation audio system are inspired to explain their work from the attitude of breaking by current boundaries and creating profitable new concepts, in addition to working exterior their main space of experience in ways in which have pushed their fields ahead. We encourage discussions of the that means of innovation, creativity, breakthroughs, and paradigm-shifting.

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This occasion is free, however you could register to attend.


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Closed captioning and an indication language interpreter will likely be supplied for this occasion.