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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Research Portfolio

Extramural Research

The NIAAA extramural research portfolio is wide-ranging and varied.

NIAAA determines its research priorities through guidance from:

  • National Advisory Council and its subcommittees
  • Input from researchers in the field
  • Input from NIAAA research staff
  • Input from liaison groups
  • Important themes at national and international meetings and conferences
  • NIAAA Strategic Plan
  • NIAAA Health Disparities Strategic Plan
  • Congressional legislation and reports

Examples of research initiatives we have invested in recently include:


Long-term, Community-Based Prevention of Alcohol Problems at Specific Life Stages


Basic Research on Medications Development for Alcohol-Use Disorder

Advancing Behavioral Therapies for Alcohol-Use Disorder


Genetic Studies of Vulnerability to Alcohol

Behavioral and Genetic Risk Factors for Alcohol Use Disorder


Identifying the Neuroscientific Basis of Alcohol-Related Behaviors

Health Effects

Mechanisms and Markers of Alcohol-Induced Organ Damage and Organ Protection

Multi-site, Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Health Disparities

Disparities in Adverse Effects of Alcohol

Health Services

Read the Executive Summary: Improving the Delivery of Alcohol Treatment and Prevention Services – A National Plan for Alcohol Health Services Research


Women, HIV/AIDS, and Alcohol

Intramural Research

NIAAA’s Division of Intramural Clinical and Basic Research




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