Fall 2009 • Issue 19

NIAAA Director Visits Poland, Germany

Dr. Warren signs a Letter of Intent

On September 9 each year, countries around the world commemorate International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day (FASDay). The first FASDay was observed on September 9, 1999, a date selected to encourage women to abstain from alcohol for the 9 months of pregnancy. In honor of this day, governments issue proclamations and people gather for events to raise awareness of alcohol and pregnancy, including the risk of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in children. This year, NIAAA’s Acting Director, Kenneth R. Warren, Ph.D., commemorated FASDay in Poland as part of a visit to the Ministry of Health in Warsaw to sign a Letter of Intent between NIAAA and the Polish State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol Related Problems. The agreement establishes collaboration with Polish alcohol research centers under the leadership of the State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol Related Problems. Dr. Warren was accompanied by FASD experts Kenneth Lyons Jones, M.D.; Edward Riley, Ph.D.; and Christina Chambers, Ph.D.; as well as Peggy Murray, NIAAA’s Senior Advisor for International Research. More...

Collins Becomes NIH Director

Dr. Francis S. Collins,

On August 17, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., was sworn in as the 16th NIH Director, following a unanimous Senate confirmation on August 7. Said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius following Dr. Collins’ confirmation: “Dr. Collins will be an outstanding leader. Today is an exciting day for NIH and for science in this country.” More...


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. More...

SMRB Continues Discussion on Alcohol and Drug Use, Abuse, and Addiction

At its first meeting, held April 27–28, 2009, the NIH Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB) decided to further consider whether structural changes could enhance research efforts on alcohol and drug use, abuse, and addiction. The full SMRB created the Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction (SUAA) Working Group to consider this issue in depth. The full SMRB is required to meet four more times before making its final recommendation. More...

NIAAA Launches Webzine

N I A A A Spectrum screen shot

In October, NIAAA launched its first-ever “webzine.” The NIAAA Spectrum features engaging articles, short news updates, and colorful graphics. Spectrum will be published three times annually, and will present information on NIAAA and highlights from the alcohol research field for a wide range of audiences. More...


NIH Announces Changes for Funding Applications

On September 16, as part of an effort to enhance the peer review of applications, NIH announced changes to its funding application forms and instructions. Changes are divided into two categories: shortened page limits and better alignment of the application with review criteria. In general, changes apply to all research grant, cooperative agreement, career, and fellowship applications, but not to training applications. More...

NIAAA Journal Increases Impact Ranking

Alcohol Research and Health cover

The impact factor of NIAAA’s peer-reviewed scientific journal, Alcohol Research & Health (AR&H), has increased to number 6 among all addiction-related journals indexed by ISI Web of Knowledge, Journal Citation Reports (JCR). Compiled for year 2008 and released in June 2009, JCR’s data show that AR&H’s impact factor rose to the 6th position from its 16th-place rank in 2007. More...


APIS Announces Update of Alcohol Policy Information

NIAAA’s Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) announces its latest update of State-by-State alcohol policies. This year’s update includes a new posting on “underage internal possession” laws. More...

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Editor: Jo-Ann Kriebel
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