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 Clinical Research Center (CRC) 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 strategies.
Paul Stasiewicz, PhD, receives $3
million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism to find more effective and efficient treatment methods
for people with alcohol use disorders.
RIA Director Kenneth Leonard is featured in Nature magazine. In a column addressing the
complexities of drug addiction, he writes, “Addiction is more
than a disease and involves more than the brain: it is a systemic
Molly” has been making news lately. Bad news. Recently, organizers of a New York City music festival cancelled the last day of performances when two people died—and four more were hospitalized in critical condition—due to ingesting the club drug “Molly.”
A dangerous chemical kick may be no farther away than your medicine cabinet… About one in 20 teens have gotten high on dextromethorphan (DXM) – the active ingredient in more than 100 over-the-counter (OTC) cold remedies.
“Bath salts” – and we're not speaking of the pleasant hygiene products purchased at your grocery store or local shopping mall – are a relatively new type of psychoactive drug containing synthetic stimulants.
Energy drinks are highly caffeinated beverages designed to provide a short-term energy boost. These drinks typically contain as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and three times as much as a standard soft drink, with some brands containing much higher doses.