Spotlight on Alcohol Research eNews

A redesigned format of the Foundation’s e-bulletin has been launched under the name Alcohol Research Matters, which briefs subscribers on the most important recent happenings in the field of alcohol research and allows the Foundation to broadcast via social media sites.


In addition, the Foundation has begun a collaboration with the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network to distribute hot-off-the-press articles published in the RSA scientific journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (ACER). The ATTC Network also shares these articles with their constituents through the ATTC Messenger. Along with the articles on cutting-edge biomedical and behavioral research, the bi-weekly Alcohol Research Matters will highlight leading alcohol investigators funded by the Foundation who are featured in the ATTC’s "Meet the Researcher" column.


The objective of this partnership is to enhance the reach of ACER news, helping to escalate public interest, knowledge and support for exceptional alcohol research. Alcohol Research Matters will continue to feature the latest in engaging alcohol research from other top academic journals.



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Underage Drinking Report: Paperback and eBook Available

ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research joined with its sister organization, ERAB: The European Foundation for Alcohol Research, to publish Underage Drinking: A Report on Drinking in the Second Decade of Life in Europe and North America, a comparative review and exchange of information on underage drinking counter-measures. Launched in late 2012 in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, the report is available as a paperback book and also as an eBook.


The complexity and importance of underage drinking prompted these two Foundations to initiate the state of the art review. The book explores the extent of underage drinking across Europe and North America, as well as the current understanding of factors that increase the risk of this behavior. It also provides a menu of evidence-based approaches that parents, families and schools may employ to prevent underage drinking. The overall goal of this project was to develop a set of recommendations that could be used by public health departments and key stakeholders in the individual countries.


The working consortium included distinguished experts in the field of underage drinking under the guidance of ABMRF and ERAB leaders, President Dr. Mack C. Mitchell, Jr. and Chairman Dr. Phillippe De Witte, respectively. The North American authors on the report were Dr. Kim Fromme, Dr. Sherry Stewart, and Dr. Helene R. White, all of whom have served as chair of ABMRF's Behavioral and Social Advisory Council. The European authors were Dr. Franca Beccaria of Italy, Dr. Antti Latvala of Finland, and Dr. Reinout Wiers of the Netherlands. Dr. Patricia J. Conrod, who serves in both Canada and England, contributed also.



Download the Underage Drinking eBook here.

Email name and address to info@abmrf.org for a copy of the paperback.

2014 Grant Awards

The following grants of great promise were approved for funding by the Advisory Council in 2014.


Behavioral and Social Advisory Council


Charlotte A. Boettiger, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Neural circuit bases of impulsive choice in emerging adults and heavy drinking adults.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.


Julia Braverman, Ph.D., Cambridge Health Alliance, “The effect of tailoring a testimonial message on excessive drinking by personal relevance on implicit and explicit narrative persuasion.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.


Abby Goldstein, Ph.D., University of Toronto, “Examination of a developmental model of alcohol use and alcohol problems in emerging adulthood.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.


Derek K. Iwamoto, Ph.D., University of Maryland, “The role of feminine norms on prospective alcohol use among underage Asian-American and Caucasian women.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.


Matthew Pearson, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, “Affective dynamics and alcohol outcomes: An ecological momentary assessment study.” Approved for $75,000 for one year.


Sarah L. Pedersen, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, “Implicit alcohol cognitions and disinhibition: A pathway to alcohol problems.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.


Martin Plawecki, M.D., Indiana University, “Alcohol exposure rate control.” Approved for $75,000 for the first of two years.


Brian A. Primack, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, “Systematic analysis of alcohol-related content in social media.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.




Medical Advisory Council


Dian J. Chiang, M.D., M.P.H., Cleveland Clinic Foundation, “Complement system and polymorphisms in alcoholic steatohepatitis: From animal model to human.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.


Nicholas W. Gilpin, Ph.D., Louisiana State University HSC, “Role of melanocortin-4 receptors (MC4Rs) in chronic alcohol-induced changes in thermal sensitivity.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years. 


Kazue Hashimoto-Torii, Ph.D., Children’s Research Institute, “Heterogeneous activation of stress response signaling in the brain by fetal alcohol exposure.” Approved for $50,000 for one year.


Mariana Lazo, Ph.D., M.D., Sc.M., Johns Hopkins University, “The role of moderate alcohol consumption in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.


Brian N. Mathur, Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, “Ethanol modulation of nucleus accumbens inhibitory microcircuits.” Approved for $50,000 for one year.


Zoe McElligott, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Role of amygdalar neurotensin neurons in alcohol drinking.” Approved for $50,000 for one year.


James J. Prisciandaro, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina, “An investigation of disturbances in glutamatergic neurotransmission in frequent heavy episodic drinkers.” Approved for $50,000 for one year.


Foundation Impact at 37th Annual RSA Conference

Each year, the preeminent professional society in alcohol research, the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) gathers its 1,900 members for its annual conference. This year's meeting, the 37th annual, was held June 21-25 in Bellevue, Washington. ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research proudly provided conference support for the RSA, the scientific society promoting those involved in understanding the causes of and potential cures for alcohol-related problems and alcoholism. ABMRF funds provided Student Merit and Junior Investigator Awards.


The meeting was led by RSA President, Dr. Laura Nagy, who serves also as the ABMRF's current chair of the Foundation's Medical Advisory Council. During the meeting several top RSA honors were awarded to ABMRF grant recipients and leaders, while many others presented engaging symposia and posters on their research results. Dr. Ivan Diamond, a current ABMRF Board member and former MAC chair, received the distinguished honor of the RSA Sexias Award for Service from the Board of Directors. Drs. James Mackillop and Laura Ray, recent ABMRF grantees, both received the Young Investigator Award, recognizing their research excellence, potential to be a future leader and a commitment to the alcohol field. The meeting concluded by transferring the leadership to the incoming president, Dr. Tamara Phillips, who served ABMRF previously as a member of the MAC.


The RSA scientific meeting offered nearly 70 symposia on diverse topics in alcohol research presented by experts across biomedical and behavioral disciplines. Over 50 presentations and more than 75 poster presentations featured the work of current and former ABMRF grantees, Advisory Council and Board members. Data and conclusions were shared on epigenetics, neural circuits and alcoholic liver disease, and also on behavioral and social topics such as alcohol use among students with poorer mental health, impulsive behavior, and personality-targeted interventions for adolescent alcohol misuse. In helping to promote the next generation of promising young investigators, two former Foundation grantees were recognized as 2014 RSA Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award finalists for collaborative work with their student and post-doctoral colleagues.


In recent years, many members of the ABMRF community have played prominent roles whether in leadership positions, as speakers or as award recipients. 



Leadership Positions and Award Recipients


Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Steven Leslie


Board of Trustees, Former Medical Advisory Council, Former grantee

  Dr. Ting-Kai Li  2013 Former Board of Trustees

Distinguished Researcher Award

Dr. Fulton Crews


Medical Advisory Council



Dr. Kenneth Sher


Dr. Robert Zucker




Former Behavioral and Social Advisory Council Chair


Former grantee

Young Investigator Award(s*)    

Dr. Kimberly Nixon


Former grantee


Dr. Sherry McKee


Former grantee


Dr. Thomas Kash


Former grantee


Dr. James MacKillop*


Former grantee


Dr. Laura Ray*


Former grantee

Henri Begleiter Excellence in Research Award


Dr.Ting-Kai Li


Dr. Jan Hoek




Board of Trustees, Former Medical Advisory Council Chair


Medical Advisory Council

Seixas Award For Service

Dr. Mack Mitchell


Dr. R. Adron Harris


Dr. Edward Riley








Former Medical Advisory Council


Former Behavioral and Social Advisory Council

Henry L. Rosett Award

Dr. Joanne Weinberg


Former Behavioral and Social Advisory Council

RSA President

Dr. Ray Anton


Board of Trustees, Former Behavioral and Social Advisory Council


Dr. Sara Jo Nixon


Former grantee


Dr. Robert Messing


Dr. Mark Goldman





Former Medical Advisory Council Chair, Former grantee


Former Behavioral and Social Advisory Council Chair


Dr. Laura Nagy


Medical Advisory Council Chair, Former grantee

Dr. Tamara Phillips


Former Medical Advisory Council

Funding Basic Research Since 1982

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Today, with the momentous advances of genetics, brain imaging and other highly innovative research tools, we’re on the cusp of understanding the mechanisms of alcohol abuse and finding solutions that will give millions of people hope for the future.


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