NCRG Conference On Gambling And Addiction To Examine Effects Of Economic Challenges On Research, Treatment And Responsible Gaming

Nov 10, 2009

LAS VEGAS—The 10thannual National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) Conference on Gambling and Addiction will explore how the economic downturn is affecting scientific research, treatment and recovery, and responsible gaming programs, as well as new findings in exciting areas of addiction research.

WHAT:“Money, Money, Money: Current Issues Affecting Research, Recovery and Responsible Gaming,” co-sponsored by the NCRG and the Institute for Research on Gambling Disorders, in partnership with the NCRG Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research at the University of Minnesota and Yale University. Highlights of the conference include sessions on:

  • Demystifying slot machines and their relationship to addiction
  • Helping individuals with gambling disorders create financial health
  • Strategies for addressing problem gambling in the workplace
  • Why gamblers with problems don’t seek help
  • How the human brain shapes decision-making
  • The writer of “America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life”
  • Separating fact from fiction regarding Native Americans and problem gambling

WHEN:Sunday, Nov. 15 – Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

WHERE:Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas (Nov. 15-16)
Las Vegas Convention Center (Nov. 17), in conjunction with Global Gaming Expo (G2E)

WHO:Participants include leaders in the research, treatment, public health, public policy and gaming industry sectors, as well as members of the national Task Force on College Gambling Policies. Featured speakers include:

  • Glenn C. Christenson, chairman, NCRG
  • Dr. Jon Grant, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Marc Potenza, Yale University
  • Benoit Denizet-Lewis, author, “America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life”
  • Dr. Scott Huettel, Duke University
  • Jennifer Shatley, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.

To register for the conference, receive a full schedule of conference events and to schedule interviews, please contact Veronica Brown at 202-530-4526 While the conference is in progress Nov. 15-17, please contact Brian Lehman on-site at 202-641-0982. A conference schedule also is available on the NCRG’s Web site,


The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) is the only national organization exclusively devoted to funding research that helps increase understanding of pathological and youth gambling and find effective methods of treatment for the disorder. Founded in 1996 as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the NCRG is the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) affiliated charity. For more information, NCRG funds provide grants to researchers to increase understanding of pathological gambling and find effective methods of treatment for the disorder. The funds are distributed through the Institute for Research on Gambling Disorders, an independent program of the NCRG. For more information,