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Friday, October 10, 2014

Dr. Craig J. McClain to deliver 19th annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture at the National Institutes of Health


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, announces that Craig J. McClain, M.D. will deliver the 19th Annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture. Dr. McClain is an internationally distinguished clinician and scientist in the fields of gastroenterology, alcohol abuse, nutrition, cytokine research, and hepatic drug metabolism. The title of his talk is “Nutrition, Gut Barrier Function, and Liver Disease.”


Dr. McClain is a Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville, where he also holds several research and administrative leadership positions. As a clinician and scientist, Dr. McClain has made many contributions to the alcohol research field. In an early study, he described the harmful interactions in the liver between alcohol and acetaminophen. In another landmark study, he described dysregulated cytokines in alcoholic hepatitis. Over time, Dr. McClain’s work has increasingly focused on translational and interventional studies, including a seminal clinical study demonstrating the beneficial effects of nutritional supplementation in alcoholic hepatitis patients. The current focus of research in his laboratory is on interactions of the gut and liver in alcoholic liver disease generally and on the role nutrition plays in alcoholic liver disease. He has received continuous federal funding, including grants from NIH and the Department of Defense, for almost 40 years.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014 1:30 p.m. EDT


Masur Auditorium, NIH Building 10, Bethesda, Maryland.


NIAAA established the Mark Keller Honorary Lecture Series as a tribute to Mr. Keller’s pioneering contributions to the field of alcohol research. Each fall, 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 and treat alcohol abuse and alcoholism, 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.

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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 For TTY callers, please call the above number through the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

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