Joyce (Joy) Balls-Berry, PhD, associate professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine and core leader for the newly established Health Disparities and Equity Core in the Knight ADRC, has joined the ICRG’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB provides the ICRG with intellectual leadership on the direction of the grants program and serves as the firewall to ensure that there is no undue influence on research from industry funding.

Prior to joining Washington University School of Medicine, Balls-Berry was an assistant professor of epidemiology and senior associate consultant at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She completed her formal education at Xavier University of Louisiana with graduate training at Washington University School of Medicine and The University of Toledo. Balls-Berry completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in health equity, epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Florida.

Her work as a scientist centers on increasing awareness of the importance of community-patient engagement in research to increase health equity in minority and under-resourced communities. Recently, she completed a PCORI project to expand the efforts of the Minority Women in Research Network, which she established in 2011. The network’s mission is to promote community-patient engagement in research conducted by minority women scientists interested in research collaborations, academic scholarship, innovation and dissemination. As an educator, Balls-Berry received the Mayo Clinic Teacher of Year for the Graduate School and Educator of the Year for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science awards. The faculty and the student body vote on these awards. Recently, she shared her story of living with dyslexia and handling personal challenges as TEDx Talk.

BEVERLY, MASS. — March 29, 2023—The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) proudly announces the publication of an important study from the first national survey of sports wagering in the prestigious journal, JAMA Network Open. Led by Dr. Joshua Grubbs of the University of New Mexico, this project has found higher rates of alcohol use and binge drinkers among sports bettors.

Background and Findings: The research was supported by the Sports Wagering Research Fund of the ICRG, which includes donations from the American Gaming Association, MGM Resorts International, DraftKings, Caesars Entertainment, Entain, NASCAR, Hard Rock International, the PGA, and IGT. “We are immensely grateful for the support from our partners, which enables us to pursue research that makes a meaningful difference,” said ICRG President Art Paikowsky.

Dr. Joshua Grubbs, the principal investigator, notes, “The general patterns we’ve observed indicate that individuals who bet online or via apps engage in riskier behaviors. A key area we are yet to explore is whether those betting on their phones consume more alcohol than those betting in-person at sportsbooks or through gambling kiosks.”

Impact and Applications: This study underscores the urgent need for targeted public health interventions and informed regulatory policies to mitigate the risks associated with sports betting and alcohol consumption. “Our research highlights a troubling trend of excessive alcohol use among sports bettors,” explained Dr. Grubbs. “We must use these insights to formulate effective strategies that promote responsible gaming and alcohol consumption.”

ICRG’s Role and Future Directions: As a leader in research on gambling disorder and responsible gambling, the ICRG is committed to supporting investigations that will be the foundation for the development of effective, evidence-based policies and programs.

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About ICRG

The ICRG, founded in 1996, is a global leader in research and education on gambling disorder. The ICRG remains the only funding source for scientific, peer-reviewed research in these areas. ICRG-funded research has yielded more than 500 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. For more information, visit www.icrg.org.

Media Contact

Nicole Scott, Director of Tribal Nations Relations and Communication
ICRG
Email: nscott@icrg.org 
Phone: 858-729-8579
900 Cummings Center, suite 219-U
Beverly, MA 01915

Art Paikowsky, President of ICRG, had a fantastic time at ICE London 2024, connecting with numerous board members and friends of ICRG.

Chris Justice of Pavilion Payments with ICRG’s Art Paikowsky

Christoph Nuebauer of Novomatic with ICRG’s Art Paikowsky

ICRG’s Art Paikowsky with ICRG Board Member Alex Dixon of Q Casino

Robin Alexander of GeoComply with ICRG’s Art Paikowsky

ICRG’s Art Paikowsky with Charmaine Hogan and Richard Bayliss of Playtech

ICRG’s Art Paikowsky with Lauren Iannarone of Playtech

BEVERLY, MASS. — March 22, 2023—We’re excited to announce that the International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) has been honored as Clarion Gaming’s Charity Partner from November 2023 to October 2024. This prestigious recognition was unveiled during the UK’s Safer Gambling Week, highlighting our organization among 24 distinguished not-for-profit entities in the safer gambling arena.

Andy Ventris, the ICE London Event Director at Clarion Gaming, praised the ICRG’s unwavering commitment to helping those affected by gambling disorders and our proactive approach to preventing gambling problems. ICRG’s dedication to conducting high-quality, independent research and providing evidence-based educational programs in gambling disorder and responsible gambling was key in securing this partnership with Clarion Gaming.

This partnership isn’t just a token of recognition—it’s a gateway to amplify our impact. We’re set to play a significant role at ICE 2024, with our President, Art Paikowski, opening the Consumer Protection Zone and Donation Ceremony. Moreover, ICRG’s presence will extend through Clarion Gaming’s influential content platforms, allowing us to broaden our reach and engage with key international stakeholders.

Art expressed his heartfelt appreciation for this development. He sees it as a significant milestone that reflects our team’s dedication and tireless efforts in championing responsible gambling initiatives. This partnership marks a collaborative stride forward, enabling both ICRG and Clarion Gaming to impact the responsible gambling landscape substantially.

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About ICRG

The ICRG, founded in 1996, continues to serve as the only funding source for scientific research on gambling disorder and responsible gambling in the United States. It has yielded nearly 500 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has recently become a global leader. For more information, visit www.icrg.org.

Media Contact
Nicole Scott, Director of Tribal Nations Relations and Communication
ICRG
Email: nscott@icrg.org  
Phone: 978-338-6610
900 Cummings Center, suite 219-U
Beverly, MA 01915

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING: DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) (www.icrg.org), a global leader in research on gambling disorder and responsible gambling, seeks a full-time
Director of Research and Education to begin in the spring of 2024.

RESPONSIBILITIES
– Coordinate the ICRG’s peer-reviewed research grants program.
– Recruit peer reviewers and serve as liaison with the Scientific Advisory Board.
– Plan the content and recruit speakers for the annual conference, the webinar
series and other educational forums.
– Develop promotional materials for all educational programs.
– Coordinate the annual Scientific Achievement Awards.
– Develop proposals for funding research and education.

QUALIFICATIONS
– Graduate degree in related field (e.g., psychology, public health, epidemiology) or
commensurate experience.
– Demonstrated understanding of the field of research on addiction and/or
gambling disorder.
– Minimum of five years of experience in a nonprofit or academic environment.
– Demonstrated ability to translate scientific research for a public audience.
– Experience with planning, promoting and coordinating educational programs.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
– Annual salary range: $100,000 – $125,000
– Retirement plan: 2% match beginning in second year.
– Employer-paid medical insurance, disability, dental and vision plans.
– The ICRG is headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts. Employees may elect to
work at the physical office, remotely or in a hybrid situation.
Send resume and a cover letter that addresses how your experience and credentials
would fulfill the job description to creilly@icrg.org by March 1, 2024.
The International Center for Responsible is an equal opportunity employer.

For immediate release

BEVERLY, MASS.— Nov. 21st, 2023— The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) proudly announces the appointment of Alison Kutler, Vice President of Sustainability and Responsible Gaming at FanDuel, as the newest member of its esteemed board of directors.

Alison brings a wealth of experience and expertise in responsible gaming practices to the ICRG Board. Her appointment further strengthens the diverse representation on the 19-member board, which comprises industry leaders, public health advocates, and regulatory experts. The collective efforts of this board drive impactful initiatives that promote responsible gaming practices globally.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alison Kutler to the ICRG Board of Directors,” said Arthur Paikowsky, President at ICRG. “Her dedication and experience in fostering responsible gaming align perfectly with our organization’s vision. We look forward to leveraging Alison’s insights to advance our mission of promoting responsible gambling practices.”

The ICRG Board of Directors drives the organization’s efforts in education, outreach program development, and implementation.

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About ICRG
The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) stands at the forefront of promoting responsible gaming practices and mitigating the adverse impacts of gambling. Through extensive research, the development of educational programs, and the provision of valuable resources, ICRG supports individuals, communities, and institutions in fostering responsible gambling practices worldwide. For more information, visit www.icrg.org.

Media Contact
Nicole Scott
Director of Tribal Nations Relations and Communications
ICRG
858-729-8579
nscott@icrg.org

Many thanks to the attendees, speakers, moderators, and sponsors who participated in the 2023 ICRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction. We welcomed attendees from the U.S., Canada, Jamaica, Australia, Botswana, Panama, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Germany, Virgin Islands and South Africa. The conference also
brought together treatment providers, public health professionals, researchers, students, gaming regulators and industry professionals, including responsible gambling specialists for an exploration of the latest research on gambling disorder and responsible gambling. We aim to provoke spirited discourse on these matters. Here are
some of the intriguing comments made by our speakers:

“When I look out at the responsible gambling landscape, I see a lot of states chasing tactics instead of starting with a goal, building strategies that address that goal, and then choosing the tactics that fit their strategies.”
Nathan Smith, PhD, Kindbridge Research Institute, conference session: “Trends Shaping the Future of Responsible Gaming”

“We have endless debates about whether gaming is gambling, whereas the more important question is, what are the harms of video games?”
Luke Clark, PhD, University of British Columbia, conference session: “The Gamblers of the Future? Migration from Video Games to Gambling among Young Adults”

“Nearly all states have laws and health policies that discriminate against people with gambling disorder. For a good model, look at New York State, which allows Medicaid reimbursement for gambling disorder treatment.”
Stacey Tovino, JD, PhD, University of Oklahoma College of Law, conference session: “Institutional Bias Against Persons with Gambling Disorder”

“There is nothing about sports wagering itself that makes it a riskier form of gambling. But sports wagering does tend to attract players that seem to be at higher risk for gambling problems.”
Joshua Grubbs, PhD, University of New Mexico, conference session: “Trajectories of Sports Wagering Over Time”

We look forward to seeing you next year at our 25 th anniversary conference! In the meantime, watch this space for announcements of the 2024 ICRG Webinar Series.

BEVERLY, MASS—October 25, 2023 –Bally’s Corporation has set a groundbreaking record as the largest donor over two years by contributing over $1.05 million to the International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG). This generous donation underscores Bally’s commitment to advancing responsible gambling initiatives and addressing health risks associated with young adult gambling.

ICRG proudly announces the allocation of two significant research grants, made possible by Bally’s support, aimed at enhancing responsible gambling strategies and gaining a deeper understanding of the health challenges faced by young adult gamblers.

  1. The Center of Excellence in Gambling Research – University of Sydney, Australia ($402,500 Grant): With Bally’s funding, this project focuses on responsible gambling programs to prevent gambling-related problems. A key objective is to boost the utilization of responsible gambling tools provided by gambling operators, ultimately promoting healthier gambling practices.
  2. Research on Young Adult Sports Wagering – University of Washington ($172,500 Grant): Young adults aged 18-26 are particularly vulnerable to gambling and other risky behaviors. The research funded by this grant will provide insights crucial for tailoring responsible gambling strategies to this age group, effectively mitigating their risks.

Bally’s additional contribution of $450,000 aims to revamp responsible gambling communications, ensuring they are more engaging and informative, similar to how addiction treatment guidelines have evolved to eliminate stigmatizing language and foster better engagement.

ICRG invites scientists to participate in this initiative, striving to develop concise guidelines for operators that will enhance their responsible gambling staff and marketing strategies. The ultimate goal is to create a more positive and effective approach to responsible gambling, encouraging greater tool utilization and fostering healthier gambling practices.

Bally’s Corporation’s outstanding commitment and generosity are significantly impacting the responsible gambling landscape, reinforcing the importance of collaborative efforts to ensure a safer and more responsible gambling environment.

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About ICRG

The ICRG, founded in 1996, continues to serve as the only funding source for scientific research on gambling disorder and responsible gambling in the United States, yielding nearly 500 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Recently, it has become a global leader in the field. For more information, visit www.icrg.org.

Media Contact

Nicole Scott
ICRG
nscott@icrg.org

858-729-8579

Please find attached a photograph of Bally’s presenting a substantial contribution to the International Center for Responsible Gaming during the 24th ICRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction. This event was held in conjunction with G2E in Las Vegas on October 9th.

In the image, you can see the following individuals from left to right:

Tammi Barlow, Bally’s Vice President of Global Responsibility & Social Impact
Kim Barker, Bally’s Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Wanda Wilson, Bally’s Board Member
Mark Lipparelli, Chairman of ICRG
Tracy Harris, Bally’s Board Member
Arthur Paikowsky, President of ICRG
Alan M. Feldman, Chair Emeritus of ICRG
Michael Soll, Board Member of ICRG
Kathy Scanlan, Board Member of ICRG