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NCRG Welcomes Mark S. Gold, M.D., and David Takeuchi, Ph.D., to the NCRG Scientific Advisory Board

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 15, 2011

The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) announced today that Mark S. Gold, M.D., and David Takeuchi, Ph.D., have joined the NCRG Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). These two distinguished researchers and professors will help to enhance the Scientific Advisory Board’s ability to ensure that the NCRG follows rigorous standards in awarding grants, monitor the work of the NCRG Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research and advise the NCRG on funding initiatives and educational activities.  The NCRG is the only national organization devoted to funding peer-reviewed research on gambling disorders and creating public education initiatives to help increase the understanding of pathological and youth gambling and find effective treatment methods of gambling disorders and youth gambling.

Dr. Gold is the Donald Dizney Eminent Scholar, distinguished professor and chair of psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine.  Prior to assuming the position as chair, he was a professor in the departments of psychiatry, community health and family medicine, neuroscience and anesthesiology. He is also a member of the McKnight Brain Institute. Dr. Gold is a researcher and inventor who has worked for nearly 40 years to develop models for understanding the effects of tobacco, cocaine and other drugs on the brain and behavior. His translational research models have led to new treatment approaches for those with addictions.

Dr. Takeuchi is the associate dean for research and a professor of sociology in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. He is well-known for his research on social inequalities and health, and his research focuses on investigating the social structural and cultural contexts that are associated with different outcomes, especially among racial and ethnic minorities. Dr. Takeuchi was recently awarded the University of Washington’s Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award for his exceptional work with graduate students.

NCRG staff spoke about the board members with Linda Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., chairwoman of the NCRG Scientific Advisory Board and chair of the department of epidemiology at the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University Of Florida College Of Medicine., and Glenn Christenson, chairman of the NCRG Board of Directors:

“I am very pleased to welcome Drs. Gold and Takeuchi to the NCRG’s Scientific Advisory Board,” said Cottler. “Their expertise in addiction and the role of psychiatry in community health settings will bring great insight to the board and an added depth to the research that the NCRG funds.”
“The work of the NCRG Scientific Advisory Board is vital to the life of the organization,” said Christenson. “Their knowledge of gambling disorders and addiction research, combined with their guidance in evaluating complex research designs, can truly help elevate the field of research on gambling disorders to a new level.”

 

For more information on how the NCRG funds research and the stringent firewalls in place to ensure the integrity of research projects, view the NCRG funding chart at http://www.ncrg.org/assets/files/NCRG_Firewall_Chart_2011.PDF

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