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
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.