Research at the NRC

Research Focus and Goals:

The research program at the NRC was recently created in 2011 and is in the process of establishing a research infrastructure within the NRC. The research agenda is derived and is in line with the overall NRC strategic plan, and can best be described as applied, clinical and translational. The goals of the research program are to:

  • Improve services delivery, and treatment options.
  • Foster collaboration with other academic institutions both nationally and internationally.
  • Improve public health awareness and prevention approaches to the disease of addiction.
  • Advance the science of addiction.

The research conducted at the NRC will be in compliance with the local, national health authorities (HAAD) and international guidelines for the conduction of human research. Current and Future Research projects:

Testing the efficacy of treatment:

  • Patient Treatment Outcome

This study will assess change pre- and post-treatment in outpatients and inpatients at the NRC in cognition using a standard neuro-cognitive battery, Addiction Severity Index (ASI), and impulsivity using the Barrett’s impulsivity scale.

  • Primary Care Provider Education

A survey of primary care physicians in Abu Dhabi: “Current Trends in Primary Care: Attitude and Management of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Abu Dhabi”. Based upon the information obtained, a pilot study to train primary care GP’s on screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment for patients with drug and alcohol addiction will be conducted to test the effect of training on patients’ drug use.

Primary Care Provider Education:

A survey of primary care physicians in Abu Dhabi: “Current Trends in Primary Care: Attitude and Management of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Abu Dhabi”. Based upon the information obtained, a pilot study to train primary care GP’s on screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment for patients with drug and alcohol addiction will be conducted to test the effect of training on patients’ drug use.

Establishing the NRC Grant-based Research Program:

In order to stimulate addiction research in the Middle East, the Research Department is in the process of establishing funds for investigators in academic institutions in the UAE and possibly other countries in the Middle East. The focus will be on clinical and pre-clinical addiction research in problem areas relevant to the Middle East. For example, Shisha smoking, khat use, approaches to prevention and treatments that are culturally relevant, religious and spiritual issues and their impact on addiction and stigma.

Partners:

The NRC research program has an active collaboration program with the University of the United Arab Emirates in Al-Ain and with the University of Aberdeen, in Aberdeen Scotland.

Research Training and Education:

Students and Interns interested in addiction can be hosted at the NRC research department for a few weeks to get hands-on training in addiction. Formal research training workshops will be offered on a regular basis at the NRC. Keep checking for updated information.