The annual Substance Use Research Event (SURE), formerly known as Substance Use Research Day, showcases the translational research conducted at the University of Kentucky focusing on substance use and substance use disorder. It is free and open to all members of the UK and greater Lexington community who are interested in the field. The event is sponsored by the University of Kentucky Office of the Vice President for Research and features prominent keynote speakers, as well as breakout sessions that cover cutting edge topics in the field. Past programs can be found at the bottom of this page.

The 2021 event is scheduled for March 3 in the UK Gatton Student Center. Our keynote speakers are Dr. Yasmin Hurd from the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine and Dr. Magdalena Cerdá from the New York University Grossman School of Medicine. For further information, inquiries about SURE can be sent to

Due to COVID-19, SURE 2021 will be held virtually.

You can register for the event at this link (due date February 1, 2021):

You can submit poster abstracts at this link (due date December 15, 2020):