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Follow the NCRG’s Road Tour in Boston

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 25, 2011

The NCRG will be pulling into Boston, Mass. later today to begin the fifth annual Road Tour. Each year, the NCRG Road Tour travels to a new city to share information about the latest research on gambling disorders and make key stakeholders aware of the science-based programs and resources the NCRG has to offer. These meetings are great opportunities to form new partnerships and educate others on the most up-to-date information about gambling disorders and responsible gaming. Make sure you follow the NCRG on Twitter and Facebook for the latest update on Road Tour activities! We are also posting articles here on Gambling Disorders 360˚ later in the week to recap the meetings and workshops.

We are honored to have four distinguished guests joining us for the NCRG Road Tour this year:

-  Alan Feldman, NCRG board member and senior vice president of public affairs for MGM Resorts International

-  Dr. Lisa Najavits, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine

-  Christine Reilly, senior research director for the NCRG

-  Ken Winters, Ph.D., director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse and Research, University of Minnesota and member of the NCRG Scientific Advisory Board

They will be speaking at these various events:

-  Treatment Provider Workshop: The NCRG and the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling will co-host a workshop for treatment providers entitled, “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Problem Gambling,” led by Lisa Najavits, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.  Dr. Najavits will present information on her program “Seeking Safety,” an evidence-based treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders, and her research on problem gambling in PTSD populations.

-  College Gambling Roundtable: The NCRG and the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling will co-host a discussion with representatives from area colleges and universities to share resources and best practices to address gambling and gambling-related harms on college campuses. Alan Feldman, Christine Reilly, senior research director for the NCRG, and Jim Wuelfing, CPP-R, NRPP, prevention director for the Massachusetts Council, will lead the discussion, which will include an overview of the NCRG’s new CollegeGambling.org website.

-  Stakeholder Breakfast on Building Partnerships to Promote Responsible Gaming: The NCRG will host a breakfast for legislative, industry, health care and non-profit stakeholders to learn about the work of the NCRG and receive an in-depth briefing on how communities can effectively work together to address gambling disorders and encourage responsible gaming. Alan Feldman, Christine Reilly and Dr. Ken Winters will discuss the important role of research in developing effective programs.

-  Grants Workshop: The NCRG will host a luncheon workshop for research investigators to learn more about the NCRG’s research funding opportunities. Christine Reilly and Dr. Lisa Najavits will discuss the NCRG’s grant-review process, the key ingredients of a proposal competitive for funding by the NCRG and opportunities to receive NCRG funding for research on gambling disorders.

Make sure you follow the NCRG on Twitter, Facebook and Gambling Disorders 360 to hear all of the updates from Boston, Mass. For members of the media, please contact Amy Martin at 202-552-2689 or amartin [at] ncrg [dot] org to schedule interviews with participants. Questions or comments? Please leave them in the comments section below.

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