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Dr. Bernice Porjesz to deliver the 6th Annual Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture


What: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is pleased to announce that  Bernice Porjesz, Ph.D., will present the 2014 Jack Mendelson, M.D., Honorary Lecture. The title of the lecture is “Neurophysiological Endophenotypes in the Search for Genes for Alcoholism.”

Who: Dr. Porjesz is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Henri Begleiter Neurodynamics Laboratory at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.  She is a leading expert in research on alcoholism, neurophysiology and genetics.  Her research over the past 40 years has transformed our understanding of the relationships between genetics and alcohol and the underlying factors that predispose a person to alcohol use disorders.

When: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 1:30 pm EST

Where: Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Building 10, Bethesda, Md.

Background: NIAAA established the Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture Series as a tribute to Dr. Jack Mendelson, who made remarkable scientific contributions to the field of clinical alcohol research. The purpose of this honorary lecture series is to highlight clinical/human research in the alcohol field by an outstanding investigator who has made significant and long-term contributions to our understanding of alcoholism susceptibility, alcohol’s effects on the brain and other organs, and the prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorders. NIAAA is pleased to present this series of scientific lectures to acknowledge the advances researchers are making in a wide range of alcohol-related areas of clinical research, and to honor the memory of an individual whose exciting and pioneering research remains relevant today.

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The Mendelson Honorary Lecture is free and open to the public.

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Sign language interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable accommodations or more information contact Joanna Mayo, 301-443-3860.  For TTY callers, please call the above number through the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.


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