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Institute Announces Posters Selected for the 2010 NCRG Conference

by: Institute Staff | Oct 18, 2010

Research on genetics, Texas Hold’em, decision-making, college gambling and the use of video games in the treatment of gambling disorders are just a few of the intriguing poster topics that will be presented at the 2010 NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction. This month’s edition of Issues & Insights provides information about the 35 posters selected for the poster session on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010.

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New Volume of Increasing the Odds Explores Self-Exclusion Research

by: Institute Staff | Oct 15, 2010

The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) recently released the fifth volume of Increasing the Odds: A Series Dedicated to Understanding Gambling Disorders, which is titled “Evaluating Self-Exclusion as an Intervention for Disordered Gambling.”  The NCRG’s monograph series provides easy-to-understand summaries of seminal peer-reviewed research on gambling disorders, as well as implications for future research and prevention efforts.

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IAGA/IAGR Session on “The Science of Gaming Regulations”

by: Institute Staff | Oct 14, 2010

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) hosted a session for regulators and advisors at the 2010 International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA)/International Association of Gaming Regulations (IAGR) International Conference in Washington, D.C. The session, titled, “The Science of Gaming Regulations: Testing the Effectiveness of Regulations Designed to Reduce Gambling-related Harms,” featured a panel of experts who discussed the importance of scientific research in the development and evaluation of international gaming regulations designed to reduce gambling-related harms.

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2010 NCRG Conference Presenters Try to Narrow the Gap Between Consumers and Healthcare Providers

by: Institute Staff | Oct 8, 2010

Removing barriers to treatment and recovery from addiction is one of the featured topics at the 11th Annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, scheduled for Nov. 14-16, 2010, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nev. Mark Vander Linden, coordinator of the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program, and Janet Zwick, a healthcare consultant with Prairielands A.T.T.C., will present on “Improving Access to and Retention in Treatment: The NIATx Program in Iowa.” Founded in 2003 as the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment, NIATx is designed to help payers (e.g., health insurance and government) and behavioral treatment providers improve the quality of and access to treatment for clients with addiction.

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Time is running out! Register for the 11th annual NCRG Conference by Oct. 8 to save!

by: Institute Staff | Oct 5, 2010

The early bird registration discount ends this Friday, Oct. 8!  Register now for the 11th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addition, so you don’t miss your chance to learn how current issues in the field are redefining the way we diagnose, treat, study and prevent gambling disorders and how new research is impacting responsible gaming programs.  The conference will be held Nov. 14 – 16 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada.  For more information or to register, visit the NCRG Conference website

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Institute Announces Posters Selected for the 2010 NCRG Conference

by: Christine Reilly | Sep 30, 2010

Research on genetics, Texas Hold’em, decision-making, college gambling and using videogames in the treatment of gambling disorders are just a few of the intriguing topics of this year’s posters that will be presented at the 2010 NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction.

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NBCC Approves the Institute as a Continuing Education Provider

by: Institute Staff | Sep 30, 2010

The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the largest counselor credentialing body in the U.S., has designated the Institute for Research on Gambling Disorders as an approved provider of continuing education. The primary purpose of the NBCC is to certify masters-level professional counselors. This approval means that counselors participating in educational activities sponsored by the Institute and the NCRG will earn continuing education hours that can be applied to the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential.

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The Internet Gambling Debate: Is Research the Missing Ingredient?

by: Institute Staff | Sep 30, 2010

The “Room for Debate” section of The New York Times recently posed the question, “Should Internet gambling be legalized?” Several respondents identified an increase in gambling addiction as the probable outcome if Congress lifts the current ban on online gambling in the United States. The belief that the easy access and social isolation of Internet gambling make it an especially risky behavior has become conventional wisdom.

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The Internet Gambling Debate: Is Research the Missing Ingredient?

by: Christine Reilly | Sep 18, 2010

The “Room for Debate” section of The New York Times recently posed the question,“Should Internet gambling be legalized?” Several respondents identified an increase in gambling addiction as the probable outcome if Congress lifts the current ban on online gambling in the United States (“Should Internet Gambling,” 2010; Chan, 2010). The belief that the easy access and social isolation of Internet gambling make it an especially risky behavior has become conventional wisdom. However, the question remains: are these concerns based on speculation or scientific research? Missing from The New York Times debate were the perspectives of scientists currently investigating the behaviors of Internet gamblers. A recent article in Addiction Research and Theory by Howard J. Shaffer and colleagues, “Toward a Paradigm Shift in Internet Gambling Research,” offers a comprehensive look at the research conducted to date, including summaries of their own investigations of the gambling patterns of customers of bwin, one of Europe’s largest online gambling companies (Shaffer et al., 2010).

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NCRG 2010 Scientific Achievement Award Nomination Deadline is Sept. 17

by: Institute Staff | Sep 14, 2010

The deadline to submit nominations for the NCRG’s 2010 Scientific Achievement Award is Friday, Sept. 17, 2010. The NCRG annually recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of gambling disorders and responsible gaming with the Scientific Achievement Award. The 2010 nominees can include research investigators, educators and a recent publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

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