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Vol. LXIV, No. 22
October 26, 2012

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Kendler To Give Keller Lecture, Nov. 15

Dr. Kenneth Kendler
Dr. Kenneth Kendler will deliver the 2012 Mark Keller Honorary Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The title of his talk is “The Genetic Epidemiology of Alcohol Use Disorders: A Current Perspective.”

Kendler is a world-renowned expert on the genetics of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. He pursues research on how genes and the environment contribute to the development of alcohol use disorders, as well as other psychiatric problems. His research has transformed how we understand the relationships between all of these factors.

Kendler received his medical degree at Stanford School of Medicine and trained in psychiatry at Yale University. His research and teaching home since 1983 has been Virginia Commonwealth University, where he currently serves as director of VCU’s Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. He is also the Rachel Brown Banks distinguished professor of psychiatry and professor of human genetics and director of the psychiatric genetics program at VCU and co-director of the VCU Alcohol Research Center.

NIAAA established the lecture series as a tribute to Mark Keller, a pioneer in alcohol research. Honorees have made significant contributions to our understanding of alcohol’s effects and how we can prevent and treat alcohol problems.

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