Jan 12, 2012
BEVERLY, MASS. – The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) today announced it has awarded $545,298 in 2011 to support new research projects that will help to improve methods of diagnosis, intervention, treatment and prevention of gambling disorders. Studies funded by these grants will focus on cutting-edge research using brain imaging, drug trials, social network analysis and brief interventions.
“With almost $165,000 more dedicated to NCRG-funded research than 2010, we are pleased to support these innovative, high-quality studies that help to put us one step closer to improved methods of diagnosis, intervention, treatment and prevention of gambling disorders,” said Christine Reilly, senior research director of the NCRG. “This funding will continue the mission of the NCRG’s research program by helping to increase the number of researchers working in the field of gambling disorders, encourage new investigators to explore gambling disorders and foster multidisciplinary collaboration.”
The NCRG’s 2011 grants were awarded for the following research projects:
In addition to offering awards in these categories, the NCRG awarded a research grant of $171,561 to Clayton Neighbors, Ph.D., from the University of Houston to develop and test an online screening and brief intervention (SBI) aimed at reducing gambling-related problems among college students. The SBI will be included onwww.CollegeGambling.org, the NCRG’s online resource that was developed to help higher-education institutions and their students address gambling disorders and responsible gaming on campus.
Beyond its project grants program, the NCRG continues to support its Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research through multiyear funding. Established in 2009, the NCRG Centers of Excellence employ a long-term, institutional approach to conducting innovative and multidisciplinary research and education. Currently, the NCRG Centers of Excellence are located at the University of Minnesota and Yale University, and each of these institutions has been awarded $402,500 over a three-year period.
All research proposals are reviewed by independent peer-review panels of distinguished scientists in the field to ensure that only the highest quality research is funded. Funding decisions are made by the NCRG's Scientific Advisory Board.
The NCRG will announce its 2012 research funding opportunities in the coming week. To learn more about project grants and research supported by the NCRG, visitwww.ncrg.org. To stay up-to-date on year-round educational opportunities and the latest news and issues in the field, visit the NCRG’s blog –Gambling Disorders 360°– and connect with the NCRG onFacebookandTwitter.