Lecture to explore kratom’s potential in treatment of opioid addiction

  •   Posted on: 2022-04-06
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Noted researcher Dr. Christopher R. McCurdy, professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Florida (UF), will present a virtual lecture on April 25 to explore the potential of kratom to help treat opioid addiction and withdrawal.

  • The lecture will be titled “Can a Controversial Tree Help End the Opioid Crisis?” It will stream on Monday, April 25, from 1-2 pm EDT on NIH VideoCast and Facebook . No registration is necessary. More information on this event is available on its webpage.  

  • Dr. McCurdy is an internationally recognized expert on kratom who also directs the UF Translational Drug Development Core.

  • Dr. McCurdy will discuss the traditional medicinal use of kratom, examples of current pharmacologic studies, and results of his team’s behavioral studies in rodent models. The potential of kratom and its major alkaloid (mitragynine) in the context of opioid addiction and withdrawal will be the primary focus.  

  • Dr. McCurdy’s research centers on the design, synthesis, and development of drugs to treat pain and drug abuse, often involving discovery chemistry with opioid receptors, neuropeptide FF (NPFF) receptors, and sigma receptors.