Monday, October 11, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Experts Mull Impact of Proposed 'National Institute on Addictions'

Opponents of a proposed union between the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the smaller National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) worry, in part, that combining these two National Institutes of Health (NIH) agencies as part of a new 'National Institute on Addictions' could result in a lack of focus or funding for alcohol research. However, at least one researcher says the plan could actually result in more funding for alcohol-addiction research.

In late September, the NIH's Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB) voted 12-3 in favor of a recommendation from its Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction (SUAA) Workgroup to dissolve both NIAAA and NIDA and create a single institute on addictions. The SUAA was formed last summer to study the possibility of such a reorganization and issue recommendations.
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