TTPAS Rationale and Vision

Although much has been learned about the genetic basis of and biochemical imbalances associated with the addictions, research leading to effective treatments has been slow. Addictions researchers using clinical and epidemiological approaches usually do not collaborate with those conducting basic research in cells and animal models because they do not share the same language, skill sets or perspective.

This unique, multi-disciplinary and transformative training program,  the TTPAS fellowship bridges this gap and assists in building a broad skill set through existing Boston University doctoral programs. We have anexceptional core faculty as well as participation by over 12 doctoral programs across BU’s Charles River and Medical Campuses.

Boston University (BU) is fortunate to have a large number of faculty members in the Schools of Medicine (MED), Public Health (SPH), and Social Work (SSW), and in the College of Arts and Sciences(CAS) who are accomplished addiction researchers with strong records as teachers and mentors . Co-directors, Drs. Farrer and Heeren, are supported by a unique and large group of established Boston University Addiction Scientists in medicine, psychology, neuroscience, pharmacology, biology, psychiatry, social work, engineering, biostatistics, informatics, health services research and public health.