Questions and answers

Questions and answers

What is the AIAR?
The acronym stands for Amsterdam Institute for Addiction Research. We are a multidisciplinary team conducting scientific research in the field of addiction.

What are the opening hours?
We can be reached Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; for further details, see the address elsewhere in this website.

What are some facts about the institute?
Our staff currently consists of 15 researchers and about 15 affiliated researchers employed by mental health and addiction treatment centers throughout the country. We are currently conducting about 20 research projects with an annual financial turnover of about € 700,000. Our scientific output in 2001 was 83 publications.

When was the AIAR founded?
The Academic Medical Center and the Jellinek Center in Amsterdam founded the AIAR in 1993. A grant to stimulate addiction research (SGO grant) of 1 million Euros was the financial basis for the projects during the first years.

What is the task of the institute?
The AIAR conducts patient-centered scientific research in the field of addiction, with a strong focus on the mechanisms of treatment effectiveness. The main objective of the institute is to publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals with a high reputation.

What are the services and products?
About 20 research projects financed by national and international grants are currently being conducted under the auspices of the institute. We publish about 30 research papers annually. For more details, see the list of publications elsewhere in this website.

What types of research questions are addressed?
When the institute was first founded, the focus was on the development of research instruments such as the Addiction Severity Index, naturalistic follow-up research on treatment-seeking alcohol addicts, and research on the children of addicted patients. Our research now includes several experimental and quasi-experimental studies of the effectiveness of new interventions and studies of the quality of treatment services. Our research projects have recently been divided into four basic themes: 1) health service research, 2) treatment effectiveness research, 3) basic psychobiological research, and 4) miscellaneous research. For details, see the different sections on the different research themes elsewhere in this website.