Friends of NIAAA holds annual meeting

Director George Koob highlights major research initiatives.

On May 12, 2015, the Friends of National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) held its annual meeting at the American Psychological Association’s headquarters in Washington, DC.  Friends of NIAAA is a non-profit advocacy coalition dedicated to promoting and advocating for the research being supported and conducted by NIAAA.  APA is a member organization.

George Koob, the director of NIAAA, attended the meeting as a guest and provided an overview of the accomplishments of NIAAA and its future priorities.  He highlighted NIAAA’s key current initiatives and programs, including:

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – Prevention & Early Diagnosis
  • Underage and Binge Drinking – including National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence, the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, and College Alcohol Interventions Matrix
  •   Treatment – Medications Development
  • Co-Morbidities – PTSD
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • Alcohol and HIV/AIDS
  • Development of Alcohol Biosensors

The meeting also focused on Friends of NIAAA’s plans for the future. In the coming year more congressional briefings, like this recent one, will be held. Efforts to expand their membership will also be a priority.

  For more information please contact Will Starck.