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, etc.), statistical modeling of epidemiological data, development of novel therapeutic interventions, health care evaluations, and qualitative interviews and surveys.

Research Themes

  • Identification of neurobiological changes associated with addiction on a functional, metabolic and structural level using multimodal neuroimaging
  • Impact of pharmacological interventions on brain function, metabolism and behavior in addiction
  • Neurofeedback-guided training of self-regulation of brain activity in substance use disorders
  • Epidemiology of drug use
  • Epidemiology of behavioural addictions
  • Evaluation of  opioid substitution therapy (Canton of Zurich and internationally)