Addictions Research at BU

Boston University is a major center of multidisciplinary research, training and service in addiction treatment, prevention and policy.

This website highlights work being done by BU faculty in the schools of Medicine, Public Health, Social Work, the College of Arts of Sciences, Boston Medical Center, and the Boston VA Healthcare System.

It is also the home for an ongoing series of research seminars that highlight groundbreaking addictions research across the university and the VA.

Research Seminar

January 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm
BU School of Medicine, Keefer Auditorium

Free and open to BU and VA faculty, staff & students

Exposure to alcohol brands in movies and cable television programs
and their relation with teen drinking

James Sargent, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics; Professor of Community and Family Medicine
Professor of The Dartmouth Institute
Co-Director, Cancer Control Research Program
Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


Transdisciplinary Research in Addiction Science

Launch of University-Wide Training Program for Doctoral Students
Video of February 14, 2013 seminar

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Richard Myers, PhD

Richard Myers

Lindsay Farrer, PhD

Lindsay Farrer

Although much has been learned about the behaviors and biochemical imbalances associated with addictions, research leading to effective treatments has been slow. Addiction researchers using clinical and epidemiological approaches usually do not collaborate with those conducting basic research in cells and animal models because they do not share the same language, skill sets or perspective.

BU geneticists Richard Myers, Lindsay Farrer and other BU faculty presented this seminar about strategies for studying addictions and other complex diseases that integrate population, computational and basic science approaches.

At the end, faculty presenters unveiled a  new campuswide, cross-disciplinary training program for BU doctoral students studying addiction science.

More details and video of  this event

Featured research

BU Addiction Researchers Focus on the Brain

Pietro CottoneFinding the key to lasting abstinence for substance abusers is a complex task. Mounting empirical evidence suggests that addiction is a chronic brain disorder,affected by a complicated mixture of biological and environmental factors. At Boston University, researchers are training their sights on how alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and even junk food can alter the brain and how it functions.

Explore four profiles highlighting this work at BU, as published in the latest edition of Research at Boston University.