Dr. Bankole Johnson delivers 5th Annual Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture at National Institutes of Health

News Release

On May 21, 2013, Dr. Bankole Johnson delivered the 5th Annual Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture.


What: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, announces that Bankole Johnson, D.Sc., M.D., Ph.D., will deliver the 5th Annual Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture. Dr. Johnson is a world-famous pioneer in the development of medications to treat alcohol abuse. The title of his lecture will be “Personalizing the Treatment of Alcoholism.”

Who: Dr. Johnson is the Alumni Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is also a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and the Department of Medicine. In addition, he is the Principal Investigator on several National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research studies. A practicing physician, psychiatrist and researcher for more than 25 years, Dr. Johnson has transformed our understanding of how abnormalities in the brain can promote addiction. These investigations also led him to discover drugs effective at alleviating alcohol addiction.

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:30 p.m. EDT

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 with human alcoholics remains relevant today.

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


About the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA):
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is the primary U.S. agency for conducting and supporting research on the causes, consequences, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol use disorder. NIAAA also disseminates research findings to general, professional, and academic audiences. Additional alcohol research information and publications are available at www.niaaa.nih.gov.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

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