Iowa Researcher To Receive 2016 NCRG Scientific Achievement Award

Dr. Donald W. Black of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will be honored for study of gambling disorder

Sep 20, 2016

Las Vegas—The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) has announced that Donald Black, MD, has been named the 2016 recipient of the NCRG Scientific Achievement Award. Dr. Black will be recognized today at the 17th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

“As a pioneering researcher of gambling addiction since the 1990’s, Dr. Black has produced a body of research that continues to impact the way we understand disordered gambling behavior,” said NCRG Executive Director Russell Sanna. “His ground-breaking work on the role that family history plays in the development of a gambling disorder is an important scientific achievement with enormous impact on both research and clinical treatment of the disorder.”

Black, professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has blazed other new paths in the field. He has conducted clinical trials of various medications for gambling problems and explored the impact of other health problems, such as personality disorders and obesity, on gambling disorder.

In addition to the more than 200 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, Black has authored, co-authored and edited many significant books including theDSM-5 Guidebook: The Essential Companion to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(2014).

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The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) is the only national organization exclusively devoted to funding scientific research on gambling disorder and youthgambling, and supporting science-based education for the public and professionals. Founded in 1996 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the NCRG is the only national private funder of this line of research in the US. For more information, visit the NCRG