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New Issue of The Spectrum Is Now Available

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Volume 6, Issue 1 Is Now Available!

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Spectrum Newsletter

NIAAA Spectrum is an online "Webzine" published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It features the latest news from the alcohol research field, storytelling graphics, and interviews with NIAAA staff and researchers from the field. The latest issue is now available. The full table of contents is presented below.

In This Issue

NIAAA Welcomes Dr. George F. Koob As New Director

Renowned addiction neuroscientist George F. Koob, Ph.D., became NIAAA’s new Director on January 27, 2014. Dr. Koob comes to NIAAA from The Scripps Research Institute, where he served as chairman of the committee on the neurobiology of addictive disorders, and director of the Alcohol Research Center, at Scripps’ campus in La Jolla, CA. He earned his Ph.D. in behavioral physiology at Johns Hopkins University. More...

Kenneth Warren’s NIAAA Legacy 

The contributions of Kenneth Warren, Ph.D., are firmly woven into the fabric of NIAAA—and he continues to leave a bold mark. Over nearly four decades, Dr. Warren’s leadership has helped transform NIAAA from a newly created initiative to the Nation’s leading alcohol research institution. Dr. Warren served in a variety of leadership roles at NIAAA, and luckily, his career is far from over yet. More...

News From the Field

Gabapentin, a medication widely prescribed to treat pain conditions and epilepsy, is showing promise as an effective treatment for alcohol dependence, based on results from a 150-patient clinical trial.
Strategies outlined in the Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking are showing positive results when put into practice, according to scientists at NIAAA.
Research published recently in the journal Vaccine suggests that although heavy drinking impairs immune response, moderate alcohol intake can actually improve vaccine response.
A recent University of Minnesota study of more than 600 adoptive and biological sibling pairs further confirms that environmental factors outweigh genetics as an influence on adolescent alcohol use. The study also identified key factors that put adolescents at risk.

By the Numbers

The American Psychiatric Association’s (APA’s) new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) contains a number of important changes in the definition of alcohol use disorders. More...

A Closer Look

Researchers are exploring the use of ghrelin, an appetite-stimulating hormone, as the basis of a new medication to treat alcoholism.

5 Questions With ...

President and CEO of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), and recent recipient of the NIAAA Senator Harold Hughes Memorial Award for his significant contributions to the field.

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