Facilities & Research Sites - NIAAA T32 Grant

Addiction Sciences Division (ASD)

The Addiction Sciences Division (ASD) is a research and treatment division housed within the Institute of Psychiatry. This facility provides state-of-the-art clinical research units and basic science laboratories. This allows the integration of clinical care with clinical and basic research in an effort to determine the mechanisms underlying addiction and to develop the best treatment for the addicted patient.

Charleston Alcohol Research Center (ARC)

Initially funded in December 1995 and renewed through 2015, the Charleston Alcohol Research Center has greatly enhanced the ASD with this grant from NIAAA establishing a National Alcohol Research Center. This is one of a select group of alcohol research centers in the US. The ARC supports five major basic science and clinical research initiatives designed to develop and improve new treatments for alcohol abuse and dependence. Additionally, the ARC supports pilot projects, an Administrative Core, and a Shared Resources Core.

Charleston Opioid Center on Addiction (COCA)

The Charleston Opioid Center on Addiction (COCA) was created by the NIH to discover the neurological mechanisms that compel people using addictive drugs to relapse and to employ this knowledge in designing novel treatments to prevent relapse.

Clinical Sites

There are presently four clinical training sites available for clinical research and training. These include the inpatient facility within the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs (CDAP) at the Institute of Psychiatry, the nearby Charleston Center (County) Department of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Services, the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the CDAP community-based outpatient facility.

Basic Science Sites

Fully equipped basic science laboratories are located within the ASD, the Strom Thurmond Biomedical Research Building, and the Department of Neuroscience. The latter two are located across the street from the Institute of Psychiatry.