NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction

Monday, November 13, 2006

Scientific Achievement and Outstanding Poster Awards Presentation and Luncheon

The awards luncheon began this afternoon with the presentation of the NCRG’s 2006 poster award winner. Richard LaBrie, Ed.D., an instructor of psychology in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, bestowed this year’s honor to a team of researchers from the University of Missouri (Anna E. Goudriaan, Kenneth J. Sher and Wendy S. Slutske) for their collective work on Longitudinal patterns of gambling activities: Preliminary findings. The 16 teams of nominees in competition for the award showcased their work at last night’s welcome reception, discussing their empirical findings and research methodologies with conference attendees.

After the poster award was announced, Dr. Peter Nathan, the University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology, took the stage to award the NCRG’s Scientific Achievement Awards, now in their fifth year. Dr. Suck Won Kim, professor of psychiatry and director of the Impulse Control Disorders Clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical School, was awarded with the 2006 Senior Investigator Award. Kim is well-known throughout the research community as a pioneer in the pharmacological treatment of gambling disorders. His study of naltrexone, an anti-opioid drug typically used to dull cravings for alcohol, has shown the promise of such drugs for treating gambling disorders. The original study, funded by the NCRG in 1998, has been expanded with a grant of $464, 463 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

“Some years ago I received a grant from the NCRG for my naltrexone research thanks to Christine Reilly and Dr. Howard Shaffer,” said Kim. “At the time I was struggling and the seed money I received from the NCRG helped me to conduct all of my research. Without them and the organization, none of this would have been possible.”

Dr. Rina Gupta, unable to attend the awards luncheon, accepted honors for the 2006 Young Investigator Award via video. Gupta, co-director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors and assistant professor of school/applied child psychology at McGill University, is an accomplished scientist who has advanced the understanding of gambling disorders among children, adolescents and college-aged populations. Her research has led to important implications for intervention, prevention and social policy, and she has received international recognition for her expertise, sitting on the board for the South African Responsible Gambling Trust and consulting with the government of Singapore on the establishment of gambling prevention programs.

Recipients of the awards were selected by an independent committee of distinguished leaders in the in the field of addictions and gambling research, chaired by Joseph Coyle, the Eben S. Draper professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.


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