Kington Named NIAAA Acting Director
Dr. Raynard S. Kington has been named new acting director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
"I am honored to have this opportunity to join the dedicated scientists and staff at NIAAA in their vital mission against alcohol abuse and its myriad biomedical and psychosocial consequences," said Kington.
If Kington's name sounds familiar, it should in November 2000 he became NIH associate director for behavioral and social sciences research and director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, positions he will retain while serving as NIAAA acting director.
"I've come aboard at a very exciting time at NIAAA. In early January, I had the pleasure of taking part in the second National Conference on Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, an initiative of NIAAA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. With the help of 33 spouses of governors from across the country, the leadership initiative is alerting our nation to the critical public health problem of underage drinking and mobilizing action throughout our society to prevent it."
In early March, Kington will kick off a fetal alcohol syndrome public awareness campaign in Washington, D.C. Cosponsored by NIAAA, the campaign will include radio public service announcements and a variety of printed materials that inform women of the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
"In April," noted Kington, "NIAAA will release a report on college drinking prepared by a group of distinguished educators and alcohol researchers. Many will be alarmed, I believe, by the extent of the harmful consequences of excessive drinking by college and university students revealed in this report."
Also in April, the fourth National Alcohol Screening Day, held this year on Apr. 11, will provide free confidential screening and information to individuals concerned about their own drinking or that of a friend or family member. Screening will be conducted at colleges, health centers, hospitals and clinics across the country.
Kington earned undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and then completed his residency training in internal medicine at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago. He attended the University of Pennsylvania as a Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar, earning his M.B.A. and his Ph.D. in health policy and economics from the Wharton School. Board-certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and public health and preventive medicine, Kington has primarily been interested in studying social factors as determinants of health.
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