NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Welcome from your Conference Hosts

In less than one month’s time, more than 300 researchers, clinicians, regulators, policymakers and gaming industry representatives from all around the world will gather in Las Vegas at the 8th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction. Together at this conference, these diverse groups will discuss the latest research about gambling and addiction, and consider how these findings can be adapted into real-world applications for prevention, treatment, education and responsible gaming.

We welcome you to this site and invite you to join us at the international conference, the only gathering of its kind in the U.S. that allows gaming industry and government representatives to engage in dialogue with the world’s leading scientific and clinical professionals.

The 2007 NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction will take place Nov. 11-13, at Paris Las Vegas. This event is sponsored by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) and the Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders, a program of the Division on Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

The theme of this year’s conference, Responsible Gaming, Regulation and Recovery: Testing Conventional Wisdom, calls on attendees to test the “conventional wisdom” about gambling addiction and recovery using the most up-to-date science. Through such dialogue, we can develop more effective policies, regulations, responsible gaming programs and treatment for gambling addiction.

Over the coming weeks, the NCRG conference blog will preview of some of the research and trends that will be covered at the conference. While the conference is in progress, on-site reports will bring you up-to-the-minute details on some of our most compelling sessions and special events. Make sure you receive these updates by signing up for our RSS feed (select an icon in the Subscribe section of the sidebar) to have blog updates automatically delivered to you.

It’s not too late to register for this important event, so please be sure to join us. And if you can’t make it to Las Vegas, we look forward to having you visit us here on the conference blog in the coming weeks.

Phil Satre
Chairman, National Center for Responsible Gaming

Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., C.A.S.
Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Director, Division on Addictions, The Cambridge Health Alliance

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