CASAColumbia Partners With Yale to Form New Addiction and Research Policy Center
In partnership with Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health, I am pleased to announce on behalf of CASAColumbia, the formation of a new research and policy center, set to be the preeminent resource for the study of addiction. This collaboration will establish a center of excellence in New Haven, Connecticut that will connect experts on substance abuse research, public policy and education across these two distinguished organizations.
Addiction impacts more than 1 in 7 people in the U.S., making this one of our most significant public health problems, with far reaching and devastating consequences and costs. It is also the most significant cause or contributor to a long list of diseases and social issues, including cancer, HIV and hepatitis C, cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness, diabetes, accidents, violence, crime and poverty.
This is of serious concern. If we are going to change these facts, organizations must work together so that the fight against addiction can be won.
To that end, we are thrilled to launch our relationship with Yale. Yale’s breadth and depth of expertise in innovative addiction research, education and clinical programs makes it one of the premier academic programs in the world. A close affiliation between our two institutions will further expand CASAColumbia’s ability to do what it does best: conduct research and translate and disseminate findings to policymakers, providers and the general public.
This partnership will also enable Yale’s groundbreaking research to have even greater impact by reaching the largest audience possible in order to effect significant and lasting change in the national and global response to the addiction epidemic.
While there are many planned collaborative ventures in the works, a few of the highlights include:
- The expansion of work on behavioral addictions, such as gambling and food
- The formation of a university-wide pilot project program to encourage inter-disciplinary policy and research work on addiction
- The evaluation of adolescent substance abuse treatment, in collaboration with the APT Foundation and Yale Child Study Center
- The establishment of an addiction data analytic and policy research program that will focus on health care reform related to mental health and addiction services
I am pleased to introduce two key collaborators on the Yale-CASA initiative: Marc Potenza, MD, PhD, who will conduct research on addictive disorders and behaviors involving gambling, sex and the Internet, and Carlos Grilo, PhD, who will lead research on binge eating disorder, food addiction and obesity. Dr. Potenza is professor of psychiatry, in the Child Study Center, and of neurobiology at Yale. Dr. Grilo is professor of psychiatry and of psychology at Yale.
I hope you will join me in celebrating the launching of this momentous new initiative.
Samuel A. Ball, PhD
President and CEO, CASAColumbia
Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine