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NCRG Year in Review: Top 10 Accomplishments of 2013

by: NCRG Staff | Dec 19, 2013

From a new video series to an extraordinary amount of funding for cutting-edge research, the NCRG has many accomplishments to celebrate in 2013. The NCRG staff compiled a few of the highlights from the past year.

The NCRG's Nathan Smith and Amy Kugler attend the APA annual meeting

  1. The NCRG took the lead in helping treatment providers grapple with the changes in how gambling disorder is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) through a webinar, a pre-conference workshop, a session at the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction and a white paper.
  2. NCRG educational programming helped almost 1,500 treatment providers enhance their knowledge of gambling disorders. In fact, attendance for NCRG webinars increased by 47 percent in 2013 alone!
  3. Attendees at the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and AddictionGambling disorders became part of the national conversation about mental health thanks to representation of NCRG staff and NCRG-funded scientists at meetings of the leading mental health organizations such as American Psychiatric Association, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Society for Neuroscience, the American College Health Association and Research Society on Alcoholism.
  4. Rats! (Literally!) - Innovative research using animal models continued to be a priority as the NCRG awarded three grants using rats to better understand gambling disorders. For example, an NCRG-funded study by Rush University Medical Center proved that rats can be used to test the effectiveness of drugs for disordered gambling. The findings were published in Neuropsychopharmacology, renowned as one of the highest impact journals among scientific publications.
  5. Preparing the next generation of gambling researchers was a hallmark of 2013 as NCRG awarded six grants to young scientists and hosted a workshop for 30 new investigators at The University of Chicago.
  6. The NCRG released two videos that tell the story of NCRG and its impact on the field. See for yourself!
  7. The NCRG named the University of Chicago and Yale University as the next NCRG Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research. The NCRG also released the eighth volume of its monograph series, which summarizes six innovative studies conducted by the first NCRG Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research at the University of Minnesota and Yale University.
  8. A record number of people – more than 33,000 - visited the NCRG’s website and blog. We also saw an increase in Twitter and Facebook followers!
  9. The NCRG unveiled The Discovery Project, an easy-to-use resource that brings research-based facts to your fingertips.
  10. The NCRG awarded more than $700,000 in new grants, including research that will develop an intervention for college students using text messaging; test already-approved pharmaceuticals for gambling disorders; and explore social influences on risky decision-making.

This is only a sampling of the NCRG’s research, trainings and online resources that reached more than 500,000 individuals in 2013. We are very grateful to our many partners for making these accomplishments possible, and we look forward to what 2014 will bring!

Happy Holidays from everyone at the NCRG! 

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