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NCRG NAMES CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE IN GAMBLING RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO AND YALE UNIVERSITY

by: NCRG Staff | Mar 14, 2013

NCRG Center of Excellence in Gambling Research at the University of ChicagoThe NCRG is excited to officially announce the next NCRG Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research! The University of Chicago and Yale University were each awarded a three-year NCRG Centers of Excellence grant in the amount of $402,500 to employ a long-term, institutional approach to conducting innovative and multidisciplinary research and education programs about gambling disorders.

NCRG Center of Excellence in Gambling Research at Yale UniversityThe NCRG established the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research grant in 2009 to encourage innovative, multidisciplinary investigations of gambling disorders. These three-year grants are intended to provide funding for a stable, long-term institutional focus on a complex set of gambling-related problems. The NCRG Centers of Excellence were awarded on a competitive basis under the leadership of the NCRG Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).

NCRG Center of Excellence at the University of Chicago

The NCRG Center of Excellence at the University of Chicago will be led by Jon E. Grant, J.D., M.D., M.P.H., professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Dr. Grant and his colleagues will expand on previous studies he led at the NCRG Center of Excellence at the University of Minnesota. This research is helping to determine if scientists can identify young adults who may be at risk for developing a gambling disorder through Dr. Grant’s proposed susceptibility model of impulsivity. This understanding will aid in the development and implementation of effective prevention, intervention and treatment programs for this disorder, especially pertaining to ethnically diverse populations. Dr. Grant will conduct this work in conjunction with colleagues from the University of Minnesota.

NCRG Center of Excellence at Yale University

Marc Potenza, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, child study and neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine, will continue to lead the NCRG Center of Excellence at Yale University through its second three-year round of NCRG funding. Dr. Potenza and his colleagues will continue their multidisciplinary approach to study the motivational and emotional factors that influence the development of gambling disorders in men and women, including the role of stress in gambling urges and cravings. With neuroimaging technology, this research team also will test medications to understand its role in the brain and potential effectiveness as a medication for gambling disorders.

Throughout the year, we’ll post updates on the findings from these NCRG Centers of Excellence.

Are you interested in applying for a NCRG grant?  Earlier this year, the NCRG announced it is allocating nearly $1 million to study gambling disorders in 2013. Visit the NCRG Research Center for more information.  Also, connect with the NCRG on Facebook and Twitter for updates and announcements about our research program.

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