News Release

HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala recently announced the appointment of six new members to the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The Council advises on the conduct and support of biomedical and behavioral research, health services research, research training, and health information dissemination with respect to the causes, diagnosis, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

The new members are:

Henri Begleiter, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, 450 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Begleiter is an internationally recognized expert on neurophysiology. His studies on brain functions in alcoholics and children of alcoholics are among the most important findings in the alcohol research field. Dr. Begleiter has published extensively and serves on several editorial boards including The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Recent Developments in Alcoholism, Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research, Journal of Studies on Alcohol, and Alcohol and Alcoholism. He is active in a number of professional organizations and is the recipient of the Research Excellence Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism and a MERIT Award from NIAAA. Dr. Begleiter received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Faculty, New School, New York, New York.

Marc Galanter, M.D., Professor, New York University School of Medicine, 550 First Avenue, New York, New York. Dr. Galanter, a national expert on alcoholism treatment and medical education, is Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse as well as Director of the Center for Postgraduate Medical Education in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Galanter was the Founding President of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. He currently serves as President of the American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions and is active in the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Research Society on Alcoholism. Dr. Galanter received his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.

Mark S. Goldman, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Dr. Goldman is an expert in neuropsychology, cognition, psychopharmacology, behavior modification, and alcoholism treatment. Dr. Goldman also serves as the Director of the Alcohol and Substance Use Research Institute at the University of South Florida. He previously served as the Director of the Wayne State Center for Alcohol Studies in Detroit from 1978 to 1985. Dr. Goldman is the recipient of a MERIT award from NIAAA and serves as an advisory editor for the Journal of Studies on Alcohol. Dr. Goldman received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University.

Joan Hamilton, Program Director, Chemical Misuse Treatment and Recovery Services, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, Bethel, Alaska. Ms. Hamilton is an expert on alcohol and drug abuse prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services for Native Americans in Alaska. She has served as Substance Abuse Coordinator for the Alaska Native Health Board; represented Alaska on Indian Health Service policy making committees; worked with the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; and authored the book, Suicide Prevention: An Elder's Perspective . As a result, she is an authority on federal, state, and local grant programs relating to alcohol abuse and alcoholism prevention and treatment. Ms. Hamilton received a B.A. in Medical/Psychological Anthropology from UCLA and worked as a research assistant at the UCLA Alcohol Research Center.

Senator George McGovern, President, Middle East Policy Council, 1730 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Senator McGovern, a public leader in the area of alcohol abuse and alcoholism prevention and treatment, is a former United States Senator from South Dakota and was the 1972 Democratic nominee for President. Elected to the Senate in 1962, he was reelected in 1968 and 1974. He served on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Subcommittee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. He served as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs which developed the highly regarded "Dietary Goals for the American People." Senator McGovern received his Ph.D. in History and Government from Northwestern University and is a noted speaker, lecturer, and author. Senator McGovern has written seven books including Terry: My Daughter's Life and Death Struggle with Alcoholism , published in 1996. Since July 1991, Senator McGovern has served as President of the Middle East Policy Council, an educational institution established in 1981 to promote better understanding of Middle East issues.

Carrie L. Randall, Ph.D., Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, 171 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Randall is a scientific leader in the areas of teratology, behavioral sciences, fetal alcohol syndrome, psychobiology, and neuroscience. She is Scientific Director of the Alcohol Research Center on Alcohol and Pregnancy and Director of the Center for Drugs and Alcohol Programs at the Medical University of South Carolina. She serves on several editorial boards and is a member of numerous organizations including the Institute of Medicine' s Committee on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Research Society on Alcoholism. Dr. Randall has published extensively and has received many awards and honors. She received her Ph.D. in Psychobiology from Rutgers University.

Two-thirds of the 15-member Council are from the health and scientific disciplines, including the behavioral and social sciences, and one-third from the general public, including public policy, law, health policy, economics, and management. Council members are appointed for overlapping terms of four years by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Other members of the National Advisory Council are:

Frederick Beauvais, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist at the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research, Department of Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; The Honorable Harold Hood, Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, Detroit, Michigan; Reverend Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., President of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana; M.W. Perrine, Ph.D., Director and Senior Scientist at the Vermont Alcohol Research Center, Colchester, Vermont; Catherine Rivier, Ph.D., Research Professor at The Salk Institute, La Jolla, California; Marcus A. Rothschild, M.D., Consultant, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Miami, Florida; Brian K. Suarez, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri; Sharon C. Wilsnack, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Preclinical Curriculum, Department of Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks, North Dakota; and Migs Woodside, Chairman of the Board, Children of Alcoholics Foundation, Inc., New York, New York.

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