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Addiction Research Centres and the Nurturing of Creativity The Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research (SERAF)

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  • Jørgen G. Bramness,

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    1. Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    2. Department of Pharmacoepidemiology, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway
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  • Thomas Clausen,

    1. Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    2. Addiction Unit, Sørlandet Hospital Health Enterprise, Kristiansand, Norway
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  • Fanny Duckert,

    1. Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    2. Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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  • Edle Ravndal,

    1. Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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  • Helge Waal

    1. Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    2. Division of Substance Addiction, Oslo University Hospital Aker, Oslo, Norway
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Jørgen G. Bramness, Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research, SERAF, University of Oslo, Kirkeveien 166, 0407 Oslo, Norway. E-mail: j.g.bramness@medisin.uio.no

ABSTRACT

The Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research (SERAF) at the University of Oslo is a newly established, clinical addiction research centre. It is located at the Oslo University Hospital and has a major focus on opioid dependency, investigating Norwegian opioid maintenance treatment (OMT), with special interest in OMT during pregnancy, mortality, morbidity and criminality before, during and after OMT and alternatives to OMT, such as the use of naltrexone implants. The well-developed health registries of Norway are core assets that also allow the opportunity for other types of substance abuse research. This research includes health services, abuse of prescription drugs and drugs of abuse in connection with traffic. The centre also focuses upon comorbidity, investigating the usefulness and limitations of psychometric instruments, drug abuse in different psychiatric treatment settings and internet-based interventions for hazardous alcohol consumption.

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