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Addiction Center Resources and Environment

Research Sponsors

Numerous sponsoring and collaborating institutions make the research at University of Michigan Addiction Center possible. Research is funded primarily by National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and by private foundations and internal university grants. The Department of Psychiatry sustains the infrastructure of the Addiction Center as a vital part of the Program’s operations. This includes provision of space and an administrative and grants management staff. To give some sense of the size of the footprint, substance abuse funding managed by the Addiction Center, is typically over eight million dollars annually. Not included in this annual eight million dollars are many of the Addiction Center faculty’s funded research projects that are funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs and are conducted at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Clinical Support Structure and Resources

University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS), the clinical branch of the program, provides clinical care, professional training, and conducts research in the area of substance use disorders. It operates within the Department of Psychiatry's Ambulatory Care Unit. UMATS is led by Executive Director is Kirk J. Brower, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry. The main facility for UMATS is located in the Rachel Upjohn Building on the East Medical Campus of the University of Michigan.

The UMATS facilities provide a balance of treatment modalities, levels of care, and case mix. Treatment services include Intake and Assessment, Intensive Outpatient Programs for adolescents and adults (including outpatient detoxification services), and regular outpatient services for both adolescents and adults (individual, group, and family therapies). In addition to these services, while not under the program's administrative umbrella, faculty at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center has close ties to Program operations. They participate equally in the training of psychiatry residents in substance use disorders, provide clinical services to VA patients, and serve as one of the program's research resources for recruitment of patients with substance use disorder diagnoses. Staff contributes to the ongoing educational activities of the program and the department. Further, the VA Ann Arbor provides clinical training rotations in substance use disorders as part of American Psychological Association -accredited psychology internship and postdoctoral fellow training programs, and an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education -accredited fellowship program in addiction psychiatry. The substance use disorders clinical services include empirically based approaches for addiction psychiatry and psychosocial interventions.

Research Space

In addition to the clinical settings described above, the offices of the Addiction Center occupy two different locations at the University of Michigan. The Center's research space at the Rachel Upjohn Building on the East Ann Arbor Medical Campus is 5,220 square feet. The Center also occupies 1,065 square feet in the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC). At the Rachel Upjohn Building, the Addiction Center has office, meeting, library, archival, data collection, data management, and computational space. The Addiction Center also has a number of conference rooms where scientific staff meetings take place. These meeting rooms also serve as interview anddata collection offices. The Rachel Upjohn Building also houses a mock scanner for acclimating children to the fMRI environment.

North Campus Research Center

The North Campus Research Center (NCRC) is comprised of 28 buildings with 2.1 million square feet of office space and 174 acres of land. The NCRC houses several health research groups, encouraging the development of collaborative research relationships and projects.  The facilities include state-of-the-art teleconferencing tools and equipment that allow for collaborative effort in shared workspaces. The space also includes offices for investigators and research support staff, and a number of conference rooms for meetings.

The program also maintains a research site at the University of Michigan-Michigan State University (UM-MSU) Family Study site in East Lansing, Michigan. The East Lansing site is located in the Hannah Technology and Research Center, an office facility adjacent to the MSU campus, and approximately 60 miles from the Rachel Upjohn Building. This is a specially designed facility containing 10 offices and five carrels. It houses the Michigan Longitudinal Study data collection/assessment activity and is the base for 25 full and part-time research staff.  Recruitment, assessment and follow-up staff carry out these activities at the site.

The Addiction Center is a highly synergistic environment with opportunity for collaboration across all areas of psychiatry in several locations in southeast Michigan.