ISBRA's mission is to promote excellence internationally in all aspects of biomedical research on alcoholism and alcohol related biomedical phenomena.

Biomedical research on alcoholism has given rise to important advances in knowledge and treatment of alcoholism. Comparative and collaborative research at an international level has made, and will continue to make, important contributions to our understanding of alcoholism and improvements in therapies.

These developments led to the birth of the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism in 1981, bringing together researchers and their expertise from a number of national societies which are now affiliated to ISBRA.

Our message to ISBRA members is that this website represents a major initiative. Its purpose is to encourage and facilitate communication of ideas and new research among workers in the many convergent disciplines in our common field of biomedical research on alcoholism. From this perspective, it is your website. Therefore, its usefulness and success in fulfilling these ideals rests with you. We look forward to your participation.

To clinicians and scientists working in the field, but who are not yet members of ISBRA, we invite you to consider joining our Society. We are certain that you will find this a rewarding step in your professional life. Details are available on the membership page.

Take a tour using the navigation menu at the top of this page to view the information and activities covered by the site. We strongly encourage feedback; please send us your comments and suggestions for improvements.


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ISBRA Communication Committee Bulletin Vol. 4 (2022) Issue 2

The ISBRA Communications Committee is pleased to present the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism E- BULLETIN: Vol 4 (2022) Issue 2. The committee has established a high quality of writing including thoughtful reporting and interesting articles such as the following in this edition: “Interview with a Scientist” ISBRA Bulletin interviews Dr. Andrew Lawrence; Several new job postings for various career level openings; “Publications You May Have Missed” and “New Directions” discuss recent research on polysubstance misuse and alcohol use disorder; Research funding opportunities applicable to polysubstance misuse and alcohol use disorder; Conference Report on the Experimental Biology Meeting; and more. Please enjoy! Read More…

Employment Opportunity: Department of Health and Human Services, NIH, NIAAA - Scientific Director

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) seeks a Scientific Director with creative scientific vision, strong mentorship skills, and outstanding leadership skills to guide its intramural programs. The Scientific Director will lead the NIAAA intramural programs in collaboration with the NIAAA Clinical Director. Currently the Scientific Director allocates an approximately $57 million annual budget, in consultation with the NIAAA Director and the NIAAA Clinical Director, to intramural NIAAA laboratories and clinical programs in the NIH Clinical Center. The successful candidate will oversee a diverse group of 245 staff and fellows in conducting research in basic, translational, and clinical science and help chart the future for a vibrant NIH scientific community. The Scientific Director is advised by the NIAAA Board of Scientific Counselors, a panel comprising prominent extramural researchers. The Scientific Director reports to and advises the NIAAA Director on relevant NIAAA policies. The Scientific Director recruits and mentors new faculty and steers a vibrant training program that includes post-doctoral, pre-doctoral and post-baccalaureate researchers. Most importantly, the Scientific Director, with the investigator community, charts the future direction of NIAAA’s intramural world-class research program with the aim of fulfilling the overall mission of NIAAA “to generate and disseminate fundamental knowledge about the effects of alcohol on health and well-being, and apply that knowledge to improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems, including alcohol use disorder, across the lifespan.”

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Call for Nominations: The 2024 Jellinek Memorial Fund Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge on alcohol/alcoholism

Nominations are solicited for the 2024 Jellinek Memorial Fund Award to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the alcohol/alcoholism field. Nominated candidates may come from any country. The category for the Year 2024 award, specified by the Board of Directors of the Jellinek Memorial Fund, will be Biological and Medical Studies.

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ISBRA Donation Request Video from Professor Helmut Seitz

Please consider a gift to ISBRA. Professor Helmut Seitz says here what ISBRA is and why your support is so important for people around the world and very possibly people who are close to you.

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Inaugural ISBRA Podcast: Discussing Impact of Alcohol Misuse in Older Populations with Dr. Blalock

Welcome to a new podcast by the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (ISBRA) Communications Committee. In this inaugural episode, we discuss recent findings on the impact of alcohol misuse in older populations with Dr. Dan Blalock, a clinical research psychologist at the Durham VA Health Care System in North Carolina and Duke University Department of Psychiatric and Behavioral Sciences. Check back bimonthly for more episodes highlighting news in alcohol research!

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2022 Joint ISBRA/ESBRA CONGRESS Announcement

Dear ISBRA Member, Please see the attached exciting announcement regarding the 2nd World Congress on Alcohol and Alcoholism (Joint Meeting of ISBRA and ESBRA) in Cracow, Poland, September 17-20, 2022.
Important Dates:
Submission of Symposia opens - January 1, 2022
Submission of Abstracts starts - February 1, 2022
Awards Applications - February 1 – April 15, 2022
Early-bird Registration - from March 15, 2022
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