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Responsible Gaming Education Week Begins Today

by: Institute Staff | Aug 2, 2010

Today is the start of the 13th annual Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW), a joint program of the American Gaming Association (AGA) and National Center for Responsible Gaming.  This year’s theme is “Taking the Mystery Out of the Machine,” and activities are focused on educating casino employees and the public about how slot machines and other casino games work and aims to correct some of the misconceptions about them.

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Dispatches from the Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling & Substance Abuse: Ethical Issues in Research

by: Christine Reilly | Jul 30, 2010

What if the director of a treatment organization is approached by researchers interested in testing an intervention for gambling disorders? That director is then confronted with a decision that involves weighing the risks of a clinical trial against the potential benefits for the clients who participate in the trial and the larger society. How can treatment providers ensure that such research would be conducted ethically? In this dispatch from the Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling & Substance Abuse, I report on Dr. Catherine Striley’s workshop on “Research & Practice Ethics: What You Need to Know.”

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Dispatches from the Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling & Substance Abuse

by: Christine Reilly | Jul 30, 2010

This is the first of several of our reports from the 7th Annual Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling & Substance Abuse in Kansas City, Mo. Dr. H. Westley Clark, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), opened the conference with a keynote address on the challenges and opportunities for addressing gambling disorders. CSAT promotes community-based substance abuse treatment services as part of the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

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New Edition of The WAGER Reviews a Study of Brief Treatment for Disordered Gambling

by: Institute Staff | Jul 27, 2010

The WAGER (Worldwide Addiction Gambling Education Report) is a great resource for keeping up with new research on gambling and gambling disorders. This online science review is published by the Division on Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

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Impulse Control Disorders and Parkinson’s Disease: What’s the Connection?

by: Institute Staff | Jul 19, 2010

In recent years, reports about Parkinson’s disease patients engaging in excessive gambling have cropped up in the news. Several lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies have been filed by individuals claiming that the drug treatments for Parkinson’s disease caused them to develop gambling disorders, sex addiction and other impulse control disorders. So, what is the connection between disordered gambling behavior and a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferer’s motor skills and speech? We asked Dr.

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NCRG Expands Scientific Achievement Awards for 2010; Nominations due Sept. 17, 2010

by: Institute Staff | Jul 16, 2010

Recognizing outstanding contributions to the study of gambling disorders, the Scientific Achievement Awards have been a highlight of the National Center for Responsible Gaming’s (NCRG) annual Conference on Gambling and Addiction since their creation in 2002. The NCRG’s 2010 call for nominations for the Scientific Achievement Awards expands the eligible nominees beyond the young and senior investigator categories.
Nominations may now include:

  • Research investigators at any stage in their career whose research has made significant contributions to the knowledge base about gambling disorders;
  • Educators who have successfully mentored young investigators in the field or have excelled at promoting public awareness and education about gambling disorders and responsible gaming; and
  • Recent publications in a scientific, peer-reviewed journal that represent a seminal work in the field.

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NCRG Announces Next Phase of College Gambling Initiative

by: Institute Staff | Jul 12, 2010

The National Center for Responsible Gaming recently announced the formation of an advisory committee to guide the development of a new website to help colleges and universities address gambling and gambling problems among students. Scheduled to launch in 2011, collegegambling.org will provide a host of free, science-based resources to administrators, student health and life professionals, current and prospective college students and parents. The new website answers the call issued by the Task Force on College Gambling Policies to disseminate research-based harm reduction strategies and programs to U.S. colleges and universities. Because only about one-fifth of U.S. colleges and universities have a gambling policy, the task force identified the need to provide science-based, accessible resources to schools interested in addressing gambling on their campuses.

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Webinar on Disordered Gambling and Co-occurring Disorders Now Available for Online Viewing

by: Institute Staff | Jul 6, 2010

The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) presented the first installment of the 2010 NCRG Webinar Series to more than 100 participants in June. Led by Dr. Marc Potenza, the webinar focused on “Co-Occurring Disorders: How Research is Informing the Identification and Treatment of Pathological Gambling.” Visit the NCRG website for an archived version of the presentation.

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NCRG Conference Poster Session – Call for Abstracts

by: Institute Staff | Jun 23, 2010

The Institute for Research on Gambling Disorders is now accepting abstracts for the poster session at the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction. The poster session showcases new research on gambling disorders and is an opportunity for investigators to report their empirical research and converse with conference attendees about their findings. Abstracts are due Friday, Sept.

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New Edition of The WAGER Explores How the Number of Games Played Can Affect Disordered Gambling

by: Institute Staff | Jun 22, 2010

The WAGER (Worldwide Addiction Gambling Education Report) is a great resource for keeping up with new research on gambling and gambling disorders. This online science review is published by the Division on Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The WAGER is one of a number of publications available through the Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS).

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