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  • Manages the animal care and use program of the Institute.
  • Supervises the overall program of laboratory animal housing, care, and management to ensure compliance with the ILAR Guide;
  • Manages a preventive...
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The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is the lead agency for U.S. research on alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and other health and developmental effects of alcohol use. Our mission is to support research, and then translate...

Advisory Council Minutes


The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) convened for its 129th meeting at 5:00 p.m. on February 8, 2012, at the Fishers Lane Conference Center in Rockville, Maryland, in closed session for a review of grant...

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The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s leadership and staff support and promote the mission of the Institute every day.

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Pal Pacher M.D, Ph.D., F.A.P.S., F.A.H.A., F.A.C.C.
Chief, Section on Oxidative Stress and Tissue Injury,
Laboratory of Physiologic Studies,
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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Research on Promising Medications (not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA]) to Treat Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)


  • Varenicline (Chantix®), a medication approved for smoking cessation,...
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Special populations are groups who face particular risks from drinking alcohol based on personal characteristics such as age or gender.  Special populations also include certain ethnic and racial minorities who can experience more negative...

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Photo of Dr. SanGiovanni


Dr. John Paul SanGiovanni works in the...

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Alcohol and drug dependence often go hand in hand; research shows that people who are dependent on alcohol are much more likely than the general population to use drugs, and people with drug dependence are much more likely than the general...