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Interview with Dr. Sarah Nelson of Harvard Medical School and the Division on Addictions

by: Institute Staff | Nov 16, 2010

Click below for the NCRG Blog Team interview with Sarah Nelson, Ph.D., an associate director for research at the Division on Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nelson discusses internet gambling and self-exclusion.

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Interview with Cheryl Currie of the University of Alberta, Canada

by: Institute Staff | Nov 15, 2010

Click here for the NCRG Blog Team interview with Cheryl Currie, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, Canada, and winner of the NCRG’s 2010 Outstanding Poster award.  Cheryl discusses her research and her experience at the NCRG conference.

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NCRG Honors David Hodgins with the 2010 Scientific Achievement Award

by: Institute Staff | Nov 15, 2010

The NCRG has named David C. Hodgins, Ph.D., professor of psychology and adjunct professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Calgary, the recipient of the 2010 Scientific Achievement Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of disordered gambling research. The award was presented at a luncheon on Nov. 15 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino during the 11th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction.

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NCRG Conference: Toward a Treatment Standard for Pathological Gambling – Behavioral and Pharmacological Approaches

by: Institute Staff | Nov 15, 2010

A Sunday-evening breakout session at the 11th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction focused on the effectiveness of behavioral strategies and pharmacological (drug) treatments for disordered gambling.

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NCRG Conference: Gambling and Diverse Populations – Issues in Prevalence, Treatment and Responsible Gaming

by: Institute Staff | Nov 14, 2010

The 11th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction held a plenary session today that looked at problem gambling among diverse populations, as problem and pathological gambling prevalence rates vary between racial/ethnic groups. One of the presenters, Renee Cunningham-Williams, Ph.D., M.P.E, LCSW, associate professor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, applauded the NCRG and the Institute for holding a session on problem gambling and diverse populations, as it isn’t a topic that is frequently presented at conferences.  

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NCRG Conference: Workshop for Young Investigators

by: Institute Staff | Nov 14, 2010

Prior to the start of the 11th annual Conference on Gambling and Addiction, Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of epidemiology in the department of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Catherine Striley, Ph.D., M.P.E., M.S.W., ACSW, LCSW, assistant director of the master in psychiatric epidemiology program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, held a workshop to provide young investigators with advice for career development.

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Visit Gambling Disorders 360° for NCRG Conference News

by: Institute Staff | Nov 11, 2010

The 11th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction begins this Sunday, November 14 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada. 

Can’t make it to the event?  Keep up with all the breaking news from the conference by visiting Gambling Disorders 360°.  Here you will find daily updates, on-site reporting about the sessions and audio interviews from leading researchers and industry representatives. 

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Cold Turkey vs. Warm Turkey? New Research on Recovery without Abstinence

by: Institute Staff | Nov 4, 2010

Conventional wisdom assumes that individuals with gambling problems must quit “cold turkey” and abstain from gambling in order to achieve recovery. However, a new article in the journal Addiction reports on individuals who are recovering from a gambling disorder without abstaining from all gambling activities (Slutske, Piasecki, Blaszczynski, & Martin, 2010). This study of Australian twins examined the behavior of a representative cross-section of the population, and not just people in treatment for gambling disorders. Population surveys like the one used in this study are useful for understanding how recovery occurs, as roughly 80 percent of people who recover from a gambling disorder do so without any kind of formal treatment (Slutske, 2006). This type of research is particularly noteworthy because much of what is known about people with gambling disorders has come from studies of people in formal treatment programs.

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National Association of Social Workers Approves NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction for Continuing Education

by: Institute Staff | Oct 29, 2010

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has approved 14 hours of continuing education offered by the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, taking place Nov. 14-16, 2010 in Las Vegas. The NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world and works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

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New Edition of The WAGER Looks at Study Comparing Brains of Disordered Gamblers and Individuals with Alcohol Dependence

by: Institute Staff | Oct 26, 2010

Scientists have identified many commonalities between people with gambling problems and those with substance use disorders. Are there similarities in brain function? A recent edition of The WAGER (Worldwide Addiction Gambling Education Report) reviews a study focused on this issue.

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