Opioids Innovation Networking Session

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
4010 College of Health and Human Services
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The opioid crisis is a rising public health concern with destructive societal consequences. Approximately 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them. Opioid overdoses increased by 30 percent from July 2016 to Sept. 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states. The Midwestern region saw opioid overdoses increase 70 percent from July 2016 to Sept. 2017. The increase in injection drug use has also contributed to the spread of infectious diseases.  

Interdisciplinary research, spanning various academic fields will play an important role in addressing problems surrounding the opioid crisis

Who should attend: 

All WMU and WMed faculty or staff researchers from any discipline interested in learning more about ongoing research in the area of opioids.

Why attend: 

  • Network with faculty engaged in research in the area of opioids
  • Learn about funding opportunities
  • Meet potential collaborators  

 Tentative schedule

8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:15 to 9:25 a.m. Opening remarks 
9:25 to 9:45 a.m. Current state of Opioids
9:45 to 11:15 a.m. Faculty presentations
11:15 to 11:30 a.m. Intermission
11:30 AM a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Networking lunch and introduction to funding opportunities 

 Register no later than August 8, 2018.


Interested in learning more about the event, or to be an event speaker and share your research, please contact  Kay Mortellaro.