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Entry DateAugust 16, 2021
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NameMeredith Berry
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2. Tell us about your current program of research and/or activities and projects that you are currently involved in.

My research focuses on substance use disorders and addiction, and associated detrimental experiences and behaviors (e.g., pain that leads to opioid use). My research aims to develop novel pharmacological and behavioral treatments to alleviate deleterious consequences of drug use and improve pain management and mental health among individuals with substance use disorders. This is particularly relevant in the context of the opioid epidemic.

4. Where do you see your career going in the future? What are your goals and aspirations?

At this point, I am still quite early in my career, so I hope to continue establishing my lab through research, funding, and facilitating my students. My hope is that I may contribute to important literature on substance use and pain, and possibly even make a neat scientific discovery that could help people and improve quality of life along the way. Beyond that I plan to die in the climate wars as we are inching closer to collapse!

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5. Tell us something fun that you do in your spare time or any hobbies that you enjoy.

I love pugs, hikes, naps, and my family and friends/colleagues, in that order! The unique Florida ecosystem is something that I am absolutely obsessed with. The oak trees in Gainesville are legendary and in my spare time I like to look at them and guess how old they are and what they have seen.

3. Tell us about how you got involved in pain and/or aging research. Was there a moment that inspired you?

A lot of folks I work with in the substance use realm experience chronic pain and anxiety about their pain, and may not have access to great pain treatments. It is a very difficult situation, and these folks have inspired me to research better ways to treat pain and facilitate pain management.