Indiana University Bloomington

Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior

Our mission is to advance basic and translational research on addictive behavior to improve public health.

Our vision is an infrastructure that nurtures scientists across disciplines to work as teams to optimize the quality and relevance of research on addictive behavior.

Don't miss the Science of Team Science (SciTS) 2016 Conference!

May 16-19, 2016

Phoenix, AZ

Hyatt Regency Phoenix  

The Science of Team Science (SciTS) is a rapidly growing cross-disciplinary field of study that aims to build an evidence-base and to develop translational applications to help maximize the efficiency and effectiveness

of team-based research.

The SciTS 2016 Conference will review the current state of knowledge in the SciTS field, highlight applications for enhancing team science, and discuss future directions for advancing SciTS to improve the global scientific enterprise.

The SciTS 2016 Conference will bring together thought leaders in the SciTS field, scientists engaged in team-based research, institutional leaders who promote collaborative research, policy makers, and federal agency representatives.

Be on the lookout for the Call for Abstracts coming soon!   

A registration site will be available in January with information regarding conference registration fees and additional travel and lodging details. Early Bird Registration will also be available starting in January 2016.

The Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior (IRAB) was established in 2013 through an ingenuity grant from the School of Public Health at Indiana University-Bloomington. By working together across disciplines we can optimize the quality and relevance of research on addictive behavior.

Addictive behavior refers to a recurring compulsion by an individual to engage in some specific activity, despite harmful consequences to the individual’s physical well-being, mental health, and social relationships. Characteristics of these behaviors include impaired control, preoccupation with immediate gratification, continued involvement in the activity despite short and long-term negative consequences, and denial. Defined in this way, the Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior (IRAB) supports a wide scope of research on addictive behavior including, but not limited to, substance abuse problems, eating disorders, compulsive gambling, and sexual disorders. Since there are likely multiple factors contributing to such patterns of behavior, the IRAB encourages research approaches in the diverse field of addictions that embrace biological/physiological, chemical/ pharmacological, or social/psychological perspectives.