The Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) is a national leader
in the study of substance use and abuse, addiction and treatment.
For more than 40 years, we have conducted groundbreaking research
on significant addiction issues. RIA is a key contributor to the
university’s reputation for research excellence and a proud
member of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
RIA is home to bright, passionate scientists whose work covers a
wide range of addiction-related topics. They work in a culture of
scientific and organizational support that nurtures creativity and
We share knowledge with other researchers, treatment providers,
legislators and the public to aid understanding of
addiction-related issues through regular news releases, seminars,
conferences and our Expert Summaries series.
Our Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) is the only treatment
program in New York State designed specifically for clinical
research and plays a fundamental role in the Institute’s
ability to test, apply and monitor innovative treatment
Rina Das Eiden, PhD, was one of only four scientists to win UB's
and Translational Science Award for the most promising
advances in clinical research. Eiden was honored for her research
on children of parents with alcohol problems.
Using Ritalin without a prescription is a growing problem among
college students who consider it a so-called 'study enhancer.'
Panayotis (Peter) Thanos, PhD, warns against the long-range risks
of nonprescription use in Futurity.
Kathleen Miller, PhD, spoke with NPR's Here and Now about the dangers caffeine
can pose to certain people, following the death of a South Carolina
teenager that doctors attributed to overconsumption of