Yan Wang, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, has received a new pilot award from The University of Florida Center for Research to Investigate Substance Use and Pain (UF-CRISP). Her project is titled, “Medical marijuana use in older adults with chronic pain: A pilot project to build a prospective cohort.” The UF-CRISP will fund Wang’s project for one year with the goal for Wang to use the pilot data collected to support the generation of a larger extramural grant. Wang will also give an oral presentation at the first Symposium on Pain and Addiction Research (SPAR) in December as part of the pilot award.
Wang’s pilot award is part of the UF Moonshot Initiative that is designed to address some of society’s most challenging health issues. This initiative includes the opportunity for faculty like Wang to collect pilot data in new and innovative research areas, such as medical marijuana use for chronic pain in older adults, with the ultimate goal to reduce or ameliorate disease and disability. The department congratulates Dr. Wang on her great work.