Fall 2009 • Issue 19


NIAAA, INSERM Continue Scientific Collaboration

In December 2005, the then-directors of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the French Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) signed an agreement for cooperation between the two organizations. NIAAA has been one of the most active of the NIH Institutes in this cooperation since its beginning, successfully establishing collaborative scientific projects in a number of important alcohol research areas, including neuroimaging, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and epidemiology of alcohol problems, as well as establishing—at Scripps Research Institute in San Diego—an INSERM-affiliated laboratory focusing on the neurobiology of alcohol addiction.

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On October 9, NIAAA and INSERM held the fifth in a series of jointly sponsored scientific symposia at NIAAA’s headquarters. As in the four preceding symposia (two in Paris, France, and two in Rockville, MD), U.S. and French alcohol investigators spent the day sharing scientific findings and discussing specific ideas and areas for joint cooperation. NIAAA Acting Director Kenneth R. Warren, Ph.D., and Gérard Bréart, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Public Health Institute, INSERM, welcomed participants to the meeting. The themes included basic science studies of underage drinking, clinical studies of alcohol and hepatitis C, and prevention studies of alcohol and HIV/AIDS.

A sixth symposium is planned in Paris in September 2010, to coincide with the biannual meeting of the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism.

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