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Exploring the latest news, issues and research relating to gambling disorders and responsible gaming

Super Bowl + Gambling Responsibly = Keeping it Fun

by: NCRG Staff | Jan 31, 2014

As the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos take to the field on Sunday, millions of people from around the world will be tuning in to watch who wins Super Bowl XLVIII. Many people may even want to place a bet or two on the game’s outcome. We know that research shows that 1% of U.S. adults have been diagnosed with a gambling disorder, while 2-3% of the population has a gambling problem.

If you’re one of those who likes to wager on sports and can do so without problems,  you can establish your own limits and provide direction to others by developing a set of personal guidelines to determine whether, when and how much to gamble. Here are a few things to consider:

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NCRG on the Road: New Horizons in Responsible Gaming

by: NCRG Staff | Jan 30, 2014

The NCRG’s Amy Kugler is at the New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference in Vancouver, BC. This two-day event is designed to cover responsible gaming from an international prospective, bringing together members of the gaming industry, researchers and clinicians to discuss best practices for responsible gaming programs. Watch this video to learn the highlights of the first day of the conference and stay tuned to the NCRG on Twitter and Facebook for more.

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Back by Popular Demand! Duke University’s Dr. Kafui Dzirasa Hosts First NCRG Webinar of 2014

by: NCRG Staff | Jan 17, 2014

Dr. Kafui DzirasaWe are excited to announce the first NCRG webinar of 2014!

The NCRG’s Webinar Series will kick off Friday, January 31 at 2 p.m. with a free 90-minute event featuring Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, neurobiology, bioengineering at Duke University, and his colleagues Drs. Stephen Mague and Gretchen Sprow.

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NCRG Year in Review: Top 10 Accomplishments of 2013

by: NCRG Staff | Dec 19, 2013

From a new video series to an extraordinary amount of funding for cutting-edge research, the NCRG has many accomplishments to celebrate in 2013. The NCRG staff compiled a few of the highlights from the past year.

The NCRG's Nathan Smith and Amy Kugler attend the APA annual meeting

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NCRG Board of Directors Elects a New Member and Appoints a New Officer

by: NCRG Staff | Dec 10, 2013

Mark LipparelliYesterday, the NCRG announced that its Board of Directors added two new members: Mark Lipparelli, former chairman of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, and Christine Reilly, senior research director of the NCRG. Lipparelli was elected to the 12-member board and Reilly was appointed to serve as an officer of the board as secretary and treasurer. Christine Reilly replaces Judy Patterson following her departure from the NCRG.

The NCRG board of directors includes representatives from the gaming industry and the public health and regulatory communities. As the practical, hands-on management group of the organization, the board focuses on education and outreach program creation and implementation. For a complete list of board members, click here.

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Teaching Rats to Gamble Responsibly – New Research about Medication to Curb Problematic Gambling Behavior

by: NCRG Staff | Dec 5, 2013

Dr. Catherine WinstanleyOne of the goals of the NCRG research program is to provide initial funding for innovative research studies so that researchers can leverage their findings for larger grants to continue and expand their studies. Researchers from the University of British Columbia have made great strides by continuing the line of study from their NCRG-funded research that began almost seven years ago.

In 2006, the NCRG awarded a new investigator grant to Catherine Winstanley, Ph.D., from the University of British Columbia, to test a new model of gambling behavior in rats, based on the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT).

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N.J. Offers Self-Exclusion for Online Gambling – What does the research say?

by: NCRG Staff | Nov 14, 2013

Self-exclusion programs are a player-initiated, voluntary form of exclusion that provides gamblers with the opportunity to ban themselves from gambling venues as a tool to reduce or stop excessive gambling. New Jersey just announced that its self-exclusion program will be expanded to include gamblers who wager on the Internet. But what is known about the safety and effectiveness of self-exclusion? And, will it work for online gamblers?

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Scholarship Recipients Provide Valuable Insights into Their NCRG Conference Experiences

by: NCRG Staff | Nov 11, 2013

The 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction was attended by more than 300 people from around the world. To ensure access to this continuing education opportunity, the NCRG provided scholarships to a variety of clinicians, researchers and others. And because we are always interested in improving our program, we asked this year’s scholarship recipients to give us in-depth evaluations of the conference and their experiences.

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NCRG AWARDS GRANTS TO FUND SEVEN RESEARCH PROJECTS IN 2013

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 30, 2013

Earlier this month, the NCRG announced that the organization has awarded $751,951 this year to support seven new research projects that will help improve methods of diagnosis, intervention, treatment and prevention of gambling disorders.

Here’s a list of the research projects that received funding from the NCRG:

Travel Grants

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Register Today for the NCRG’s Free Webinar on Addiction as a Syndrome

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 18, 2013

Dr. Debi LaPlanteDr. Sarah NelsonOn Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 3 p.m., the NCRG will hold the last session in the NCRG’s Webinar Series, titled “Addiction as Syndrome: Implications for Understanding and Treating Gambling Disorders and Other Addictive Disorders.” You can register for this free session online on the NCRG’s webinar webpage.

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