Skip to main content

News & Events

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Dr. Philip A. May to Deliver 23rd Annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture at the National Institutes of Health

News Release

What: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, announces that Philip A. May, Ph.D., will deliver the 23rd Annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture. The title of his presentation is “Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Correlates.”


Photo of Dr. Philip May

Who: Dr. May is an internationally recognized expert in fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), with a distinguished career spanning nearly 50 years. By studying the adverse effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, his work has advanced greatly our understanding of the prevalence, characteristics, etiology, diagnosis, and prevention of FAS and FASD. Dr. May is co-leader of the Collaboration on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevalence (CoFASP) research consortium, which studies the prevalence of FASD among school-aged children in the United States. Earlier this year, the CoFASP published the findings of a pivotal study that more accurately reflect the true prevalence of FASD within the country and underscores the need for more focus on screening, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of FASD.


When: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 1:30 p.m.


Where: Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center, Bethesda, Md. This lecture is open to the public and will be available via NIH Videocast at


Background: NIAAA established the Mark Keller Honorary Lecture Series as a tribute to Mr. Keller’s pioneering contributions to the field of alcohol research. Each year, the series features a lecture by an outstanding alcohol researcher whose work makes significant and long-term contributions to our understanding of how alcohol affects the body and mind, how we can prevent, diagnose and treat alcohol misuse and alcohol use disorder, and how today's scientific advancements can provide hope for tomorrow. NIAAA is pleased to present this series of scientific lectures to acknowledge the advances researchers are making in a wide range of alcohol-related research and to honor the memory of an individual whose pioneering research remains relevant today.


For additional information about the lecture see:


The Keller Honorary Lecture is free and open to the public. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable accommodations or further information call Joanna Mayo, 301-443-3860, or visit For TTY callers, please call the above number through the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.    



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

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

Contact info:
NIAAA Press Office

Looking for U.S. government information and services?