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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Kendler to deliver 17th Annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture at NIH


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, announces that Kenneth Kendler, M.D. will deliver the 17th Annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture. Kendler is a world-renowned expert on the genetics of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. His presentation is called "The Genetic Epidemiology of Alcohol Use Disorders: A Current Perspective."


Kenneth Kendler, M.D., is the Director of the Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is also the Rachel Brown Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Human Genetics and Director of the Psychiatric Genetics Program at VCU and co-Director of the VCU Alcohol Research Center. He is one of the most cited psychiatry researchers, and his work has transformed our understanding of how genes and the environment contribute to the development of alcohol use disorders and other psychiatric problems.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 1:30 p.m. ET


Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Building 10, Bethesda, Md.


NIAAA established the Mark Keller Honorary Lecture Series as a tribute to Mark Keller, a pioneer in the field of alcohol research. Every 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.

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