ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research embarked on its fourth decade with renewing energy. ABMRF has engaged in careful examination to consider every possible way to expand the strength and productivity of our program. We have addressed traditions, integrity, and excellence; we have revisited relevance, innovation, and sustainability; and we have fine-tuned priorities. In short, we are modernizing.
Such topics are passionately examined by our partners, from those in industry to our colleagues in academia. It is imperative that we adapt to the advances in technology, the scientific trends and the plans and processes that guide our affiliates while helping shape the future for them.
One of these partners, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), investigated blending the separate missions of the National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The outcome employs a functional merger rather than a structural one, accommodating unique attributes of each institute. With pride, we celebrate the appointment of the new director of the NIAAA, the distinguished Dr. George F. Koob, a former ABMRF grantee and a former member of the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Council. Dr. Koob’s focus on the neurobiology of addiction compliments the agency’s aims of enhancing the understanding of alcohol abuse, alcoholism and addiction, and developing new, targeted treatments.
ABMRF’s modernization began in 2013 with updating the Foundation’s mission to reflect an intent to provide the scientific basis for the prevention, treatment and the future cure of alcohol-use disorders. The Board also approved refinements in our grant guidelines and vitally increased the size of an ABMRF grant, allowing for a maximum grant award of $75,000, particularly for those grants that require a significant number of personnel to collect epidemiological data. We anticipate additional refinements to the Foundation's administration and we will keep you informed.
Today’s research projects incorporate revolutionary new technology such as imaging radiology, specialized eye-tracking equipment and various social media to study alcohol’s effects on human health. Our expert reviewers on the Advisory Councils eagerly embrace such highly innovative grant applications. We have also updated our communications and have enlisted support from the craft brewing industry.
We are grateful for the partnerships that have allowed us to compile an impressive record of accomplishment since ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research started in 1982. By providing support at a critical time in the careers of our investigators, the partnership between the brewing industry and the scientific community has been an effective catalyst in advancing research into the many effects of alcoholic beverages on health and behavior.
Mack C. Mitchell, Jr., M.D.
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Mack C. Mitchell, Jr., M.D.
Vice Chairman of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School