National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Director Ting-Kai Li, M.D. recently appointed Kenneth R. Warren, Ph.D., as NIAAA deputy director. “Dr. Warren has filled many leadership roles throughout his long and distinguished career at NIAAA” said Dr. Li. “His extensive experience in research and administration will serve the institute well.”

Dr. Warren joined NIAAA in 1976 as a staff member of the then Division of Research. He later became chief of the Biomedical Research Branch, and then deputy director of the Division of Extramural Research.  From 1984 to 2005 he directed the Office of Scientific Affairs, whose responsibilities included peer review, grants management, committee management, scientific communications, and activities of the NIAAA National Advisory Council and Extramural Advisory Board.  From 2002 to 2007 Dr. Warren served as Associate Director for Basic Research, and over the past year he has served also as acting director of the Office of Science Policy and Communications.

Dr. Warren has gained numerous honors for his leadership in the initial development and long-term involvement in NIAAA’s research program on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). He received a superior service award from the Public Health Service in 1982, and the Henry Rosett Award from the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Study Group of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) in 2002.   In 2007, the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) honored Dr. Warren by placing his name into their Tom and Linda Daschle FASD Hall of Fame.   Dr. Warren also received the Seixas Award from RSA in 1994.

Dr. Warren earned his doctorate in biochemistry from MichiganStateUniversity in 1970. He undertook a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Los Angeles, and later conducted research at the Mental Health Research Institute of the University of Michigan. In 1974, he became chief of the Section of biochemistry in the Department of Cellular Physiology, Division of Medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.