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Addiction research

Together with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), we have been leading a strategy for addiction and substance misuse research (PDF, 841KB), to fund cross-discipline activities addressing the biological, medical, social and economic aspects of addiction and substance misuse.

MRC investment in addiction

We fund addiction research through the Neurosciences and Mental Health Board (NMHB) and a number of Units and Centres:

  • MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge
  • MRC/Wellcome Trust, Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute
  • MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences
  • MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit
  • MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
  • MRC/CSO Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy 

MRC addiction research clinical training programme (MARC)

We fund the MRC Addiction Research Clinical (MARC) training programme, jointly across Imperial College London, the University of Bristol and King’s College London. In recognition of the need for extra capacity to support addiction research in the UK (particularly in academic psychiatry and clinical psychology), MARC aims to build capacity in clinical addiction research and develop future leaders in the field. The programme increases exposure to addiction research during clinical training, supports outstanding clinical trainees to undertake clinical research training (PhD) fellowships, develops multidisciplinary expertise in addiction research, and provides academic mentorship to clinical trainees in addiction research.

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