Research

uclathumbDr. Torrington believes that clinical research in the area of addiction medicine is a key element needed to reduce the epidemic of substance dependence.   Since 2001  Dr. Torrington has worked closely with his mentor,  world famous addiction research guru, Dr. Walter Ling.   When asked about working with Dr. Ling, Dr. Torrington said,  "Dr. Ling is the best mentor a young research physician could possibly have.  He understands every aspect of the research realm, is an excellent teacher and genuinely cares about his patients, the people he works with and the suffering of those afflicted with substance dependence."

Dr. Torrington currently serves as a clinical research physician at the outpatient clinical research center at UCLA. http://www.uclaisap.org/html/clinical-research-center.html

The current trials that Dr. Torrington is working on can be learned about at:http://www.uclaisap.org/html/clinical-research-center.html#projects

Dr. Torrington has participated in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical trials.

P50 DA12755 (Shoptaw) - Study Physician
NIH/NIDA Los Angeles Addiction Center: Friends Research Institute

The major goals of this project are to implement an articulated clinical program of stimulant pharmacotherapy trials. These studies are oriented exclusively to treatment of cocaine and methamphetamine dependence.

Monitoring outcomes in Clinical Care - Principal Investigator
UCLA NPI - UCLA NPI Addiction Medicine Clinic

The major goal of this project is to collect information about the rates of adverse events experienced by patients receiving medications being used off label for addiction disorders. This study is being conducted under the supervision of the UCLA IRB.

DA 13045 (Ling) - Study Physician
NIDA Clinical Trials Network – UCLA Research Node

The major goal of this project is to conduct and participate in behavioral, pharmacological and combined behavioral and pharmacological treatment trials for drug abuse dependence and to conduct research on treatment practices within and across the NIDA Clinical Trials Network Nodes.

DA 13706 (Ling) -Study Physician
NIDA Los Angeles Addiction Center: Friends Research Institute

The major goal of this project was to investigate the variance in pain threshold and tolerance in individuals on illicit opiates as compared to those in varying stages of treatment with partial and full opiate agonists.

E 8458 (Compton) - Study Physician
NIDA UCLA-School of Nursing

The major goal of this project is to determine the safety and efficacy of using dextromethorphan to treat the hyperalgesia associated with methadone maintenance.

0484 (Compton) Study Physician
NIDA UCLA-School of Nursing

The major goal of this project is to determine the safety and efficacy of using oxycodone to treat the hyperalgesia associated with methadone maintenance.

CTN-0009 Version 8b - Study Physician
NIDA Clinical Trials Network – UCLA Research Node

The major goal of this project is to assess the effectiveness of adding transdermal nicotine replacement therapy to substance abuse rehabilitation programs.