NIAAA Mission and Future
The mission of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is to promote, direct and support biomedical and behavioral research on the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. The Institute supports its agenda by awarding research grants, contracts and training grants to colleges and universities nationwide. Important to the mission of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is research designed to identify racial and ethnic disparities in the causes and consequences of alcohol-use disorders and to develop treatment and prevention strategies to ameliorate them.
The NIAAA special emphasis areas and proposed research initiatives plans comprise an overall strategy designed to make progress towards NIAAA’s vision for our future. The goal is a greater understanding of the biological, cultural, environmental, and ethnic factors that contribute to ifferences among populations in alcohol-related problems. An NIAAA priority is to devise effective methods for preventing and treating alcohol abuse and dependence as well as the alcohol-related consequences in high-risk individuals. Through this understanding, we will devise more effective prevention and treatment approaches that address ethnic and racial disparities in alcohol-related problems so that these disparities will no longer exist.
NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by:
- Conducting and supporting alcohol-related research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment.
- Coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and Federal Programs on alcohol-related issues.
- Collaborating with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work.
- Translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public.
Take me out to the laboratory! NIAAA scientists played host to a visiting team of students called “Jeter’s Leaders,” a group sponsored by Derek Jeter, the all-star shortstop of the New York Yankees.