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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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NCRG Conference: Behind the Screen – Characteristics of Internet Gamblers Who Trigger Responsible Gaming Interventions

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 25, 2013

Dr. Heather GrayOn Tuesday, the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction co-located with Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the premier trade show and conference event for the gaming entertainment industry, to provide two “NCRG at G2E” sessions. This is the third year that the NCRG Conference co-located with G2E, making it easier for attendees of both events to learn about best practices in responsible gaming.

The first session on this year’s “NCRG at G2E” series examined characteristics of Internet gamblers who trigger responsible gaming interventions and featured Heather Gray, Ph.D. She is a research associate at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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NCRG Conference: Mood Disorders – The Latest Research

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 25, 2013

Dr. Michael OstacherEach year, the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction provides an opportunity for researchers, clinicians, regulators and other stakeholders to come together, listen to research and programs from leading experts and share their experiences with gambling disorders. One of the benefits of this interaction is that the NCRG staff gets to learn directly from attendees, especially public health officials, about the speakers and topics they might find useful in their work.

One such topic that was overwhelmingly requested was the cluster of disorders previously called “mood disorders” (e.g., major depressive disorder). It turns out that the experiences of gambling treatment providers—of which many have clients with mood disorders in addition to a gambling disorder—are echoed in the published research. The National Comorbidity Study-Replication (NCS-R), one of the largest studies of mental health comorbidity in the country, found that more than 55 percent of people with a gambling disorder also had a comorbid mood disorder (Kessler, 2008).

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Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky Named 2013 NCRG Scientific Achievement Award Winner

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 24, 2013

Monday, the NCRG was honored to present the 2013 Scientific Achievement Award to Jeffrey L. Derevensky, Ph.D., a professor in the School/Applied Child Psychology and a professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, during a luncheon today at The Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian in Las Vegas, during the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction.

Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky and NCRG Chairman Alan Feldman

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