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December 21, 2012

Psychiatric News covers Ken Kendler’s lecture at NIAAA

Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.

Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.

Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D., delivered the annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Bethesda, Md. in November.

Kendler is the Rachel Brown Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry in addition to serving as a professor of human genetics and the director of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. A top psychiatric geneticist, he is one of the most internationally cited researchers in behavioral medicine.

Psychiatric News’ Dec. 21 edition covered Kendler’s presentation, in which he discussed susceptibility to alcohol use disorders. The newspaper reported Kendler’s hypothesis that “The seven DSM-IV criteria for alcohol use disorders reflect not a single set of risk genes but actually three distinct sets of genes.”

The VIPBG’s studies of twins have helped to understand the interplay of genes and the environment on alcoholism and other disorders. His work has been repeatedly honored, including the Jean Delay Prize by the World Psychiatric Association and as one of Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists in 2012.

Read Psychiatric News’ coverage of Kendler’s talk.