|Dr. Edward P. Riley
Dr. Edward P. Riley will deliver the 2012 Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture on Thursday, Apr. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The title of his talk is “FASD: It’s What’s Behind the Face that Matters—Effects of Prenatal Alcohol on Brain and Behavior.”
Riley is a world-renowned expert on fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). During his more than 35 years as a psychologist and researcher, he has significantly enhanced our understanding of how prenatal exposure to alcohol can affect the developing embryo and fetus. NIAAA has funded his research continually since 1978.
Currently, Riley is distinguished professor of psychology at San Diego State University and also directs SDSU’s Center for Behavioral Teratology. In addition, he leads the Collaborative Initiative on FASD funded by NIAAA, which is a multi-site international consortium studying the disorders.
NIAAA established the lecture series as a tribute to Dr. Jack Mendelson, who made remarkable contributions to the field of clinical alcohol research. Each spring, the series features a lecture by an outstanding alcohol investigator whose clinical research makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of alcohol susceptibility, alcohol’s effects on the brain and other organs and the prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorders.