On December 15, the National Institutes of Health announced the recruitment of Falk W. Lohoff, M.D., and two other investigators as Lasker Clinical Research Scholars.  Dr. Lohoff is chief of the Section on Clinical Genomics and Experimental Therapeutics in the  Laboratory of Clinical and Translational Studies, part of the Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research (DICBR) at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).  

Photo of Dr. Falk Lohoff

The Lasker Clinical Research Scholars program at NIH is a joint initiative with the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation to nurture the next generation of great clinical scientists. This highly competitive program provides talented early-stage researchers the opportunity to carry out independent clinical and translational research for five to seven years at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The researchers also have the possibility of additional years of financial support, at NIH or an NIH-funded research institution, upon project review.

In a news release, NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. said, "Identifying talented and innovative scholars early in their careers is paramount to building a robust cadre of physician-researchers. We hope this continued effort with the Lasker Foundation leads to major scientific discoveries that impact human health."

Dr. Lohoff’s research focuses on heritable and non-heritable genetic aspects that influence the onset, progression, and treatment of alcohol use disorders and addictions. Findings from these studies are translated into human clinical studies using diverse approaches, including molecular biomarkers, pharmacogenetics, epigenetics and functional imaging genetics.

Dr. Lohoff received his medical degree from Humboldt University of Berlin in 2002, and completed residency training in psychiatry and a fellowship in neuropsychopharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania.  He served as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania from 2007-2014.

For the complete NIH news release, visit http://www.nih.gov/news/health/dec2014/od-15.htm.

For more information about Dr. Lohoff’s research, visit the Section on Clinical Genomics and Experimental Therapeutics or see his NIH Intramural Research Program profile at http://irp.nih.gov/pi/falk-lohoff.