NIH drug and alcohol abuse institutes will work together but not merge

Last Friday, NIH Director Francis Collins issued a statement announcing that plans to merge the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) have been canceled.

In the statement, he said: “I have concluded that it is more appropriate for NIH to pursue functional integration, rather than major structural reorganization, to advance substance use, abuse, and addiction-related research.”

This decision comes two years after a recommendation by the Scientific Management Review Board to establish a single institute that focused on substance abuse and addiction research. Since then, the NIH has sought feedback both internally and externally, as well as developed stronger collaborative relationships between staff at the two existing institutes.

For more information, we recommend you check out the official NIH statement, Rock Talk, or ScienceInsider.