Message From the Director
The mission for the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is to support scientific research for addiction recovery, as well as dissemination of current knowledge on the neuroscience of addiction to the community.
Impulsive/compulsive behaviors and addictions, including gambling disorders and drug and alcohol abuse are studied. The center also provides a venue for the integration of a diversity of biomedical disciplines to promote basic neuroscience, translational research and medication development for these disorders.
Research-related activities include links with the following:
- Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Rush University Medical Center. This research involves impulse control disorders that are observed in some Parkinson’s disease patients undergoing dopamine replacement therapy.
- The Chicago Developmental Center for AIDS Research. This research includes molecular, physiological and behavioral approaches to the co-morbid condition of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse.
Educational activities of the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction are linked to the Rush Addiction Medicine Program.
Center members also participate in outreach programs, including numerous Town Hall and Community meetings on drug abuse in the Chicago area, and drug prevention curriculum development for junior high and high schools by the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, Hinsdale, Ill.
T. Celeste Napier, Ph.D.