Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-Convention - " Relapse and Recovery: from Mechanistic Understanding to Translational Research "
Details November 11, 2016 - 8:30am - November 11, 2016 - 5:30pm San Diego Convention Center, Room 7; San Diego, CaliforniaWeb site  Contact Caitlin Dudevoir SEI Services (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - August 26, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week begins January 23
Event registration opens today; new teacher resources available. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - August 26, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Fact Sheet: Fall Semester - A Time for Parents to Discuss the Risks of College Drinking
As college students arrive on campus this fall, it ’s a time of new experiences, new friendships, and making memories that will last a lifetime.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - August 22, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Experts release improved clinical guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) has proposed updated clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a child is exposed to alcohol during prenatal development. The new guidelines clarify and expand upon the guidelines published by Hoyme and colleagues in 2005, which were the first to help clinicians distinguish among the four distinct subtypes of FASD described by an expert panel organized by the Institute of Medicine. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - August 10, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIH releases improved guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), organized by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), has produced proposed clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a mother drinks during pregnancy. The new guidelines clarify and expand upon widely used guidelines issued in 2005, which were the first to help clinicians distinguish among the four distinct subtypes of FASD described by the Institute of Medicine. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - August 10, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIH MedlinePlus Feature: Alcohol-Medicines Interactions
The Summer 2016 issue of NIH MedlinePlus magazine spotlights the following:   Alcohol, Medicines, and Aging   Improper Medication Use Rising Among Older Adults   Quiz: Alcohol and Medications   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 29, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

New medication shows promise against liver fibrosis in animal studies
A new drug developed by scientists at the National Institutes of Health limits the progression of liver fibrosis in mice, a hopeful advance against a condition for which there is no current treatment and that often leads to serious liver disease in people with chronic alcoholism and other common diseases.   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 29, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Dr. Koob Receives French Legion of Honor
In recognition of his contribution to the development of scientific collaborations between France and the United States, George F. Koob, Ph.D., director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has received the insignia of Chevalier de la L égion d’honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor) from the government of France. The award ceremony took place on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at the Washington, D.C., residence of French Ambassador Gerard Araud, who presented the award to Dr. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 27, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Researchers identify brain circuits that help people cope with stress
Research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has identified brain patterns in humans that appear to underlie “resilient coping,” the healthy emotional and behavioral responses to stress that help some people handle stressful situations better than others. People encounter stressful situations and stimuli everywhere, every day, and studies have shown that long-term stress can contribute to a broad array of health problems. However, some people cope with stress better than others, and scientists have long wondered why. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 19, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA Spectrum: Researchers harness power of magnets to study brain receptors
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Source: NIAAA News - July 18, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA Spectrum: Researchers harness power of magnets to study brain receptors
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Source: NIAAA News - July 18, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA Spectrum: New NESARC data providing key information on prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse
The NIAAA-sponsored National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions–III (NESARC–III), conducted from 2012 to 2013, is the newest wave of the largest study ever conducted on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and disorders; related risk factors; and associated physical and mental disabilities. With data on more than 36,000 U.S. adults, NESARC–III promises to be a primary source of information for scientists throughout the United States, many of whom used earlier NESARC data in hundreds of studies across multiple disciplines and disease areas. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 13, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIH issues new funding opportunities for research to improve treatment outcomes for substance use disorders
The Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN) has published two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) on "Target Assessment, Engagement and Data Replicability to Improve Substance Use Disorders Treatment Outcomes (R33) and (R21/R33).   Areas supported by this FOA include research to generate and conduct preliminary tests of targeted addiction treatment to address multiple substances, which may include alcohol, tobacco and other drug use (ATOD). For details, please see the links below. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 1, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA Spectrum: SALIS " Digs " Project Makes NIAAA Monographs and Other References Widely Available
The Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS), in partnership with NIAAA and a nonprofit digital library called the Internet Archive (IA), are working to digitize the literature of the alcohol-and-other-drugs field that is not already available online —specifically, books and government documents. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 1, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA Spectrum: SALIS "Digs" Project Makes NIAAA Monographs and Other References Widely Available
The Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS), in partnership with NIAAA and a nonprofit digital library called the Internet Archive (IA), are working to digitize the literature of the alcohol-and-other-drugs field that is not already available online—specifically, books and government documents. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - July 1, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

In Memoriam: Dr. Loren (Larry) Parsons
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Source: NIAAA News - June 29, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Chronic Plus Binge: A Better Model of Alcohol Abuse; Watch the NIH IRP Video
  Above: Dr. Bin Gao, Chief of the Laboratory of Liver Diseases in the Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research (DICBR), NIAAA. (Credit: NIH IRP)   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 29, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA Spectrum Spotlight: Sex Differences in Addiction Research
Recent NIH-wide efforts to address sex differences in preclinical research underscore the importance of such issues to scientists who study alcohol addiction.   “In fact, animal models of alcohol addiction reveal significant differences between males and females,” says NIAAA Director George F. Koob, Ph.D., “but we have little data thus far to help us understand the neurobiological mechanisms for those differences.”   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 27, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA Director George F. Koob to receive French Legion of Honor
In recognition of his contribution to the development of scientific collaborations between France and the United States, George F. Koob, Ph.D., director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, will receive the insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor) from the government of France. An award ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at the Washington, D.C., residence of French Ambassador Gerard Araud, who will present the award to Dr. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 24, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Rates of nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder double in 10 years
Almost 10 million U.S. adults report misusing prescription opioids in 2012-2013   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 22, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Now online: New Issue of the NIAAA Spectrum
The most recent issue of the NIAAA Spectrum is now available online at http://www.spectrum.niaaa.nih.gov/.     Among other topics, the current installment features: (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 17, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Study reveals central role of endocannabinoids in habit formation
Mouse study advances knowledge of habitual behavior pathophysiology (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 17, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA honors General Arthur T. Dean with Senator Harold Hughes Award
General Arthur T. Dean, chairman and CEO of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), received the Senator Harold Hughes Memorial Award today from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. NIAAA Director George Koob, Ph.D., announced his selection during the 142nd meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - June 8, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Fact Sheet: Parents, Talk with Your High School Grads about Celebrating Safely
Parents, take the time to talk with your high school graduates about keeping parties and events alcohol-free—it just may save a life. Learn more—read the NIAAA fact sheet at http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/GraduationFacts/graduationFact.htm (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - May 26, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

NIAAA selects winners of its Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge
$200,000 first prize awarded to BACtrack Skyn (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - May 19, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Marlene Oscar Berman to deliver 8th Annual Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture at the National Institutes of Health
  What: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, announces that Marlene Oscar Berman, Ph.D. will deliver the 8th Annual Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture. The title of her presentation is “Brain Mechanisms Underlying the Perceptual, Emotional, and Cognitive Impairments Associated with Chronic Alcohol Use Disorder.”    (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - May 16, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Dr. Marlene Oscar Berman to Present the 8th Annual Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture on May 25
  Presenter: Marlene Oscar Berman, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Anatomy & Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Research Scientist, Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Boston   Lecture title: Behavioral and Brain Abnormalities in Abstinent Alcoholic Men and Women   Date:  May 25, 2016   Time: 1:30pm   Location:  Lipsett Amphitheater Building 10 NIH Campus (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 22, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Alcohol Awareness Month - View the Archived Twitter Chat
In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, NIAAA hosted a chat with the American Society of Addiction Medicine on April 7.    The focus was to address the science of addiction, current evidence-based approaches for treating alcohol use disorder, and resources for health professionals.   (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 12, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

ICCFASD Spring 2016 Public Meeting April 14
What: Meeting of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (ICCFASD)    Where: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 5635 Fishers Lane, Terrace Level Conference Center, Rockville, Maryland 20852   When: The Spring meeting will take place on Thursday from 8:30 am – 4 pm and is open to the public.    (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 12, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Study supports single-question alcohol screen for adolescents
Findings also endorse use of NIAAA youth screening guide (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 6, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Today: Join NIAAA and ASAM for a Twitter Chat on Alcohol Awareness Month
In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, NIAAA will be hosting a chat with the American Society of Addiction Medicine.    (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 1, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Join us April 7: NIAAA and ASAM Will Host a Twitter Chat on Alcohol Awareness Month
In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, NIAAA will be hosting a chat with the American Society of Addiction Medicine.    (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - April 1, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

RSA Honors CPN Chief Lorenzo Leggio
The Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) has announced that Lorenzo Leggio, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc., will receive the 2016 Early Career Investigator Award. Dr. Leggio is Chief of the Section on Clinical Psychoneuroendocrinology and Neuropsychopharmacology (CPN), a joint laboratory of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - March 23, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Students Explore the Brain with NIH Scientists - NIH celebrates Brain Awareness Week 2016
Middle school students from the Washington, D.C., area will become brain scientists for a day when they visit the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland, on March 16 and 17, 2016.  Scientists from the National Institutes of Health will be at the museum to lead students through hands-on activities that explore the structure and function of the brain, and how alcohol and drugs can affect brain health. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - March 11, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

New Technology Boosts Clinical Study Design for Alcohol Medications Team
To streamline elements of its clinical trials program, the NIAAA Clinical Investigations Group (NCIG) recently turned to a technological innovation called Take Control.  A sophisticated computer-based alcohol intervention, Take Control proved effective in a number of pilot tests with NCIG’s drug development trials.  (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - March 4, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: vvan Source Type: news

Marijuana use disorder is common and often untreated
Survey shows marijuana use disorder linked to substance use/mental disorders and disability (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - March 4, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

FAQ on Joint NIDA-NIAAA T32 review
NIAAA and NIDA to have Institutional NRSA Applications Reviewed by a Common Panel of Experts beginning in 2016 (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - March 2, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Drinking and Pregnancy: A Review of Attitudes through History
It is now well accepted in pediatrics and obstetrics that prenatal alcohol is a teratogenic agent and the primary causative factor underlying fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), although for the majority of the 20th century that knowledge was either unknown or ignored. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 16, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news

Criminal justice alcohol program linked to decreased mortality
Deaths dropped by 4.2 percent community-wide over six years  A criminal justice program that requires offenders convicted of alcohol-related offenses to stop drinking and submit to frequent alcohol testing with swift, certain, and modest sanctions for a violation was linked to a significant reduction in county-level mortality rates in South Dakota. These results came from a study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. (Source: NIAAA News)
Source: NIAAA News - February 10, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: groa Source Type: news