Media Advisory

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dr. Edward P. Riley to deliver 4th annual Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture at NIH


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, announces that Edward P. Riley, Ph.D. will deliver the 4th annual Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture. Riley is a world-renowned expert on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). His presentation is called “FASD: It’s What’s Behind the Face that Matters – Effects of Prenatal Alcohol on Brain and Behavior.”


Edward P. Riley, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University (SDSU), and serves as the director of SDSU’s Center for Behavioral Teratology. He also leads the NIAAA-funded Collaborative Initiative on FASD, which is a multi-site international consortium studying FASD. During his more than 35 years as a psychologist and researcher, Riley has significantly enhanced our understanding of how prenatal exposure to alcohol can affect the developing embryo and fetus.


Thursday, April 19, 2012 1:30 p.m. EDT


Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Building 10, Bethesda, Md.


NIAAA established the Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture Series as a tribute to Dr. Jack Mendelson, who made remarkable scientific contributions to the field of clinical alcohol research. The purpose of this honorary lecture series is to highlight clinical/human research in the alcohol field by an outstanding investigator who has made significant and long-term contributions to our understanding of alcoholism susceptibility, alcohol’s effects on the brain and other organs, and the prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorders. NIAAA is pleased to present this series of scientific lectures to acknowledge the advances researchers are making in a wide range of alcohol-related areas of clinical research, and to honor the memory of an individual whose exciting and pioneering research with human alcoholics remains relevant today.

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The Mendelson Honorary Lecture is free and open to the public.

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