Addictive Disorders

Head: Dr. med. Marcus Herdener

We believe that a better understanding of the bio-psycho-social factors involved in addictive disorders will provide a solid basis for the development of more effective therapeutic interventions that will help to improve the lives of people with addictive disorders.

Our research group therefore conducts clinical and basic research that aims to elucidate the biological underpinnings of addictive disorders as well as the psychological, social and contextual factors that contribute to their development, maintenance and recovery.

To this end we are aiming at bringing our cross-disciplinary perspectives together to a number of research topics in the field of addictive disorders and consequently use a multitude of methodological approaches and measurement techniques.

These include e.g. human neurobiology (neuroimaging, neuropsychophysiology, and genetics), statistical modeling of epidemiological data, treatment intervention and health care evaluations, qualitative interviews and surveys.