Friends of NIAAA Sponsor Treatment Briefing
On October 8, Science GRO staff organized the second in a series of educational briefings for Capitol Hill staff on behalf of the Friends of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The briefing, co-sponsored by twenty scientific societies and patient advocacy groups and entitled "Alcoholism Isn't What It Used to Be: New Findings Foreshadow Shifts in Treatment Strategies," was designed to provide an update on the breadth of NIAAA's treatment research portfolio; evaluate new and promising areas of behavioral research that could lead to new treatment approaches; and explore how both psychological and pharmacological treatments might be better tailored to meet the needs of patients with a wide spectrum of alcohol use disorders.
APA Fellow and Friends of NIAAA coalition Chair, Dr. Carlo DiClemente, provided introductory remarks and took the opportunity to recognize NIAAA Director Ting-Kai Li's retirement with the presentation of the Friends of NIAAA Leadership Award "for six years of outstanding leadership and stewardship of the nation's premiere research Institute dedicated to understanding the relationship between alcohol use disorders and health." The event drew a standing room only crowd of 113 attendees representing 36 House Member offices, 6 Senate Member offices, 2 Congressional Committees, a variety of Executive Branch agencies and various national scientific societies and patient advocacy/provider groups. The day before the briefing, Science GRO staff arranged for delivery of a copy of the revised treatment guidelines to every House and Senate office to ensure that even those who couldn't attend the briefing would be informed about advances in NIAAA funded treatment research.
The Friends of NIAAA are grateful to all who participated in the briefing: Ting-Kai Li, MD, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Kenneth J. Sher, PhD, Curators' Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri, and Mark Willenbring, MD, Director of the Treatment and Recovery Research Division of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.