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.

2013 Grant Awards

The following grants of great promise were approved for funding by the Advisory Council in 2013.


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 first 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 first of two years.


Samantha Brooks, Ph.D., University of Cape Town, "Examining neural circuitry of fetal alcohol syndrome in South Africa.” Approved for $50,000 for the first 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 first 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 first of two years.


Lucy Kilp-Napper, Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University, “A parent-based social norms alcohol intervention for first-year college students.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.


Robert Leeman, Ph.D., Yale University, “A brief, web-based alcohol reduction intervention for undergraduates: An initial study.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.


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


Tomoko Udo, Ph.D., Yale University, “Is ghrelin associated with alcohol craving and self-administration in alcohol-use disorders.” Approved for $50,000 for the first of two years.


Jacquelyn D. Wiersma, Ph.D., University of Arkansas, “Alcohol use and interpersonal relationships: Pathways from adolescence into young adulthood.” Approved for $50,000 for one year.


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 first of two years.


Kirsty Donald, Ph.D., University of Cape Town, South Africa, “Alcohol and methamphetamine exposure imaging and neurobehavioral correlates.” 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 first of two years.


Christian Hendershot, Ph.D., University of Toronto, “A prospective study of alcohol sensitivity phenotypes in late adolescence.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.


Christopher Lapish, Ph.D., University of Indiana, “Targeting the prefrontal cortical dopamine system in excessive drinking.” Approved for $50,000 for the first of two years.


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 first of two years.


Zhiyong Lin, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, “KLF15 as a circadian regulator of alcohol metabolism in the liver.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.


Derek Lindquist, Ph.D., Ohio State University, “An investigation into the neurodevelopmental consequences of neonatal ethanol exposure on forebrain NMDA receptor composition and function in classically conditioned adult rats.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.


Mei Qiang, M.D., Ph.D., University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, “MeCP2 mediates epigenetic regulation of ethanol withdrawal-related adaptation of NR2B gene.” Approved for $50,000 for the second of two years.


Christopher M. Snyder, Ph.D., Thomas Jefferson University, “Testing the impact of CMV infection on the progression of alcoholic liver disease.” Approved for $50,000 for the first of two years.


Lingjun Zuo, M.D., Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine, “Post-GWAS search for risk loci for alcohol and nicotine co-dependence using third-generation sequencing.” Approved for $50,000 for the first of two years.



Foundation Impact at 36th 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 36th annual, was held June 22-26 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. 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.


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. Ting-Kai Li, a recent ABMRF Board member, received the esteemed honor of the Lifetime Achievement award. This award recognizes a person who has had a long, balanced career including lasting contributions to alcohol research, training, service and advocacy. Dr. Thomas Kash, a recent ABMRF grantee, received the Young Investigator Award, recognizing his 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. Laura Nagy, the Foundation’s chair of the Medical Advisory Council.

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, four former Foundation grantees were recognized as 2013 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

Dr. Kimberly Nixon


Former grantee


Dr. Sherry McKee


Former grantee


Dr. Thomas Kash


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

Funding Basic Research Since 1982

Thanks to long-term support by our contributors and expert guidance by our distinguished Advisory Council members, the Foundation has nurtured the highest quality of scientific research and has helped build an impressive body of knowledge on alcohol and health.


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.


Join us with your support. The best is yet to come!

International Outreach 


ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research is now funding alcohol research studies abroad!


Global Funding

New knowledge in alcohol studies benefits people everywhere, but few countries have the needed infrastructure to support truly successful programs and international colleagues struggle to obtain separate alcohol funding. After exploring connections with preeminent academic researchers and brewing industry leaders in key markets, the Foundation has welcomed Brazil and South Africa into the fold. As part of this effort, Dr. Dan Stein, a senior scientist from South Africa has joined our Advisory Council to participate actively in reviewing grant proposals from applicants in North America and South Africa. Dr. Stein is professor in the department of psychiatry and mental health and is director of the Medical Research Council at the University of Cape Town.


First Grantees Awarded

Grants have been awarded to individuals at four universities. One grantee at the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, was approved for funding at the Fall 2010 grant review meeting. Thanks to the generosity of SABMiller plc—one of the world's largest brewers—for their support in South Africa, the Foundation now has four South African grantees. Research projects by investigators from the University of Cape Town, the University of Limpopo and Stellenbosch University have been approved for funding by the Advisory Council since 2011. 


Future Applications

Information on research grants for young investigators from South African institutions is available here. With its new worldwide focus, ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research looks forward to helping jumpstart global understanding concerning the value of alcohol research.

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