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Coming Up! NCRG Webinar on College Gambling Featuring Dr. Clayton Neighbors

by: NCRG Staff | Mar 10, 2014

Dr. Clayton NeighborsNext week, the NCRG will hold its second free webinar of 2014. Titled “Preventing Disordered Gambling among College Students,” this March 19 webinar (2 – 3:30 p.m. ET) will feature Dr. Clayton Neighbors, professor and director of the social psychology program in the department of psychology at the University of Houston, who will discuss a new resource that was developed to help reduce problem gambling by showing students their misperceptions of student gambling behavior.

Approximately 75 percent of college students in the U.S. gambled in the past year and 6 percent develop a gambling problem. Despite these research findings, there was no screening/brief interventions tailored for this population—until now.

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Calling All College Health Professionals and Administrators: Get Involved in the NCRG’s College Gambling Awareness Campaign

by: NCRG Staff | Mar 6, 2014

In 2011, the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) introduced, a website designed to help university administrators, campus health professionals, students and parents address these issues using the latest research on college gambling and free resources to incorporate into existing campus-wide education programs.

This month, the NCRG is adding some new features to to raise awareness about gambling and gambling-related harms on college campuses. The NCRG will release several new resources to help college health professionals and college administrators educate students and faculty about this important issue so they can make responsible decisions about gambling. To learn how you can get involved, please join the NCRG for an informational Google Hangout session on Tuesday, March 11.

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NCRG on the Road: Dispatch from Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Conference – Gambling Continues to be “Orphan” at NIH

by: NCRG Staff | Mar 3, 2014

Christine Reilly, NCRG Senior Research DirectorThis post was written by Christine Reilly, the NCRGs senior research director, on Saturday, March 1, 2014.  





Greetings from Atlanta! I’m attending the second Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Conference, a joint meeting of members of the American Psychological Associations’ Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) and Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse). This year’s theme is “Changing Addictive Behavior: Bench to Bedside and Back Again.”

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New Research Explores the Complex Relationships between Gambling Disorders and Other Mental Health Conditions

by: NCRG Staff | Feb 27, 2014

Iman Parhami, M.D., M.P.H.Many people may not know that 95 percent of people with gambling disorder also have another mental health disorder as well (Kessler et al., 2008). This stunning reality should influence every aspect of how researchers, clinicians and even the media approach the topic of understanding, diagnosing and treating gambling disorders. This co-occurrence of multiple disorders in an individual (called “comorbidity”) presents many unique challenges for the identification and treatment of gambling disorder. Research that can provide insights into comorbid conditions can be beneficial for clinicians and researchers alike.

One recent study on this topic came from Iman Parhami, M.D., M.P.H., a psychiatry resident at the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, who conducted a survey to examine many health-related issues associated with gambling behaviors and other demographic data. Longtime readers may remember that Dr. Parhami won the outstanding poster award at the NCRG conference in 2011.

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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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