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Addiction Sciences Research

As a research organization, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC has an outstanding history of advancing knowledge in the field of addiction. Some of the most well-known and respected leaders in the field of alcohol and chemical dependency research are conducting studies at MUSC.

The Research branch of the Addiction Sciences Division is highly successful in acquiring extramural funding, consistent with the fact over 80% of our faculty are involved full-time in research/training. In calendar year 2015 (January 1-December 31) the division will generate $10M in direct costs, $9M of which is from NIH funding with the remainder from the Department of Defense, pharmaceutical companies, the Veterans Administration, or miscellaneous foundations.

MUSC is home to five internationally recognized program project grants that focus specifically on addictions research. Find all current addiction-related NIH funding awarded to MUSC investigators.

Areas of Research

Examples of current interdisciplinary topics under study are:

  • alcohol, tobacco, and drug craving, withdrawal, and/or relapse prevention;
  • brain circuitry underlying the addictive process;
  • treatment of co-occurring PTSD and addiction;
  • the influence of stress on alcohol, tobacco, and drug cravings;
  • new medications for alcohol, cocaine, and nicotine dependence;
  • e-cigarette use/abuse/effects;
  • the use of real-time interventions on substance use;
  • the influence of alcohol and drugs on the adolescent brain in both humans and animals;
  • biological markers of heavy alcohol use;
  • structural and functional brain changes associated with the transition from alcohol and drug use to abuse.

The ASD faculty are leaders in utilization of the latest brain neuroimaging and genetics techniques in addictions research.


Our Mission

To understand, prevent and treat alcohol, tobacco, and drug addiction through innovations and excellence in research, treatment, and education.
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