Source Newsroom: University of Chicago Medical Center
UChicago Symposium on Gambling Disorders and Responsible Gaming
WHAT: “Investing in Research, Responsible Gaming and the Community” symposium
WHEN: Noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013
(Reception at noon, presentation at 12:30 p.m.)
WHERE: 1212 E. 59th St., Ida Noyes Hall Theater, University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637
RSVP: By 10 a.m. Thursday by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Chicago will introduce its new Center of Excellence in Gambling Research by co-hosting a symposium Thursday, March 14, to examine the latest research into gambling disorders and gaming.
The event is co-sponsored by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG), an organization dedicated to funding research on gambling disorders and encouraging responsible gaming best practices.
This focus on research into gambling and other addictions comes at a crucial time, as Illinois eyes expansion of gaming opportunities as a way to help offset its crushing fiscal deficit.
Details will be announced of a statewide initiative with the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling designed to increase awareness and education to address problem and pathological gambling. The NCRG also will discuss its investment in the University of Chicago and some of the resources going toward science-based research into gambling disorders.
UChicago joins Yale University as the only two such designated Centers of Excellence in the country, funded by the NCRG, which focuses on multidisciplinary approaches to gambling disorders and other impulse-related addictions.
"The goal of this center is to identify people who are vulnerable to developing a problem," said Jon Grant, MD, JD, MPH, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, and principal investigator at the new Center. "The better we understand gambling, the better we understand addictions in general."
Symposium participants include:
Margo Bristow, board member and research chair of the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling
Jon Grant, J.D., M.D., M.P.H. , principal investigator of the NCRG Center of Excellence in Gambling Research at the University of Chicago, professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago
Alan Feldman, NCRG chairman and senior vice president of public affairs for MGM Resorts International
Ken Winters, Ph.D., member of the NCRG’s Scientific Advisory Board, professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse and Research at the University of Minnesota
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