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NIAAA Director George F. Koob, PhD, Discusses the NIH BRAIN Initiative


In recognition of The BRAIN Initiative’s 10-year milestone of advancing neuroscience and neurotechnology research, Dr. Koob discussed NIAAA’s participation in the NIH BRAIN Initiative over the years and the impactful science advances that the initiative helped generate.

The BRAIN Initiative is marking a milestone—10 years of advancing neuroscience and neurotechnology research by funding innovative projects. As part of a rotating series of blog posts, the Directors of the BRAIN Initiative-partnering Institutes and Centers share their voice and perspectives on the impact BRAIN has made on their respective missions—and vice versa.  

By George F. Koob, PhD, Director, NIAAA

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. Our mission is to generate and disseminate fundamental knowledge about the adverse effects of alcohol on health and well-being, and to apply that knowledge to improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems, including alcohol use disorder, across the lifespan.

For more than 50 years, NIAAA has been at the forefront of cutting-edge alcohol research, and we support and conduct a broad spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical research to address the impact of alcohol misuse on the brain, body, and behavior. To this end, our mission aligns with that of the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnology® Initiative, or The BRAIN Initiative®, to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain by accelerating the development and application of innovative neurotechnologies and approaches.

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