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Program's Mission and Activities

The Program's primary mission historically has been research of clinical relevance to the onset, diagnosis, treatment, and clinical course of substance use disorders. Long-term etiologic studies have examined these issues longitudinally. Neuroimaging, genetics projects on basic mechanisms, pharmacotherapy trials, clinical and health services outcome studies, and clinical trials of behavioral interventions for early identification and treatment are also conducted throughout the Section. Work involves close collaborations with a number of departments within the University and with other academic and research institutes.

An additional mission of the Program, is the contribution of new knowledge about the causes, consequences, and treatment of substance abuse. Parallel to this activity, Section faculty also have responsibility for the Department's educational and training needs for substance abuse teaching at the medical student, resident, and specialty training level, and also provide research training for the development of the next generation of research scientists. To carry out these activities, the Program has several training programs.

The Program also provides specialty substance abuse clinical services under the aegis of the Program's clinical arm, University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services.