Summer 2011 • Issue 23


New NIAAA Council Members

Four new members recently were named to the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. They are Dr. Andrea Barthwell, founder and chief executive officer of the consulting firm EMGlobal, LLC; Dr. Suzanne de la Monte, professor of pathology and clinical neuroscience, Brown University Medical School and Rhode Island Hospital; Dr. Cindy Ehlers, professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Neurosciences and the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, the Scripps Research Institute, and Director of the Laboratory of Translational Neuropharmacology and the San Diego Minorities Substance Abuse Project; and Dr. Andrés Gil, vice president of research at Florida International University.

Photo of NIAAA Council Members

From left to right: Dr. Andrés Gil, Dr. Suzanne de la Monte, Dr. Kenneth Warren (Acting Director, NIAAA) and Dr. Andrea Barthwell. Not shown is Dr. Cindy Ehlers.

Dr. Andrea Barthwell's background spans both the private and public sectors. She was a principal advisor in the Executive Office of the President on policies aimed at reducing the demand for illicit drugs. She also was an active member of the White House Task Force on Disadvantaged Youth and the White House Domestic Violence Working Group. As a founding member of the Chicago Area AIDS Task Force, she hosted a weekly local cable show on AIDS, and is a past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She currently is chief executive officer of a global health care and policy consulting firm, EMGlobal LLC, and founder of a comprehensive recovery program.

Dr. Suzanne de la Monte's research efforts have focused on neurodegeneration as it relates to Alzheimer's disease, chronic alcohol abuse, and fetal alcohol syndrome. Her work has been published in numerous prestigious journals, including the Journal of Neurological Science, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Journal of Hepatology, and the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Recent honors include the Stowell-Orbison Certificate of Merit Research Award from the International Academy of Pathology, North American Division, the Alzheimer Medal, and a MERIT award from NIAAA.

Dr. Cindy Ehlers's research has contributed significantly to our understanding of how genetics can both increase risk for and protect against alcohol abuse and dependence. Recent translational studies with animal models have examined the toxic effects of alcohol and other drugs on the developing brain. She is an associate/field editor for Alcoholism, Clinical & Experimental Research. Recent awards include the Citation for Outstanding Performance in Physiology from the University of California (U.C.)-Davis; the Giannini Foundation Fellowship from the University of California, Los Angeles; the MacArthur Foundation Network on the Psychobiology of Depression; the Thurman Award from the University of North Carolina-Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies; and a MERIT award from NIAAA.

Dr. Andrés Gil works with faculty and principal investigators at Florida International University to provide guidance on Federal and State regulatory research requirements. He is an educator, social worker, and an advisor on issues pertaining to at-risk youth and has coauthored numerous articles that examine the role of culture, race, and ethnicity in current social problems. Two recent articles, “Disaster-related stress, depressive signs and symptoms, and suicidal ideation among a multi-racial/ethnic sample of adolescents: A longitudinal analysis” and “Culture conflicts and problem behaviors of Latino adolescents in home and school environments” appeared in Child Psychology and Psychiatry and the Journal of Community Psychology, respectively.