Raymond Anton, M.D.
Dr. Raymond Anton, a Distinguished University Professor, is the Scientific Director. He is a biological psychiatrist who has worked in the area of alcohol research at MUSC for the past 25 years. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in pharmacotherapies for alcoholism and an elected Fellow in the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He was a pioneer in correlating biological markers for drinking (e.g., CDT) with self- and collateral report, including stimulating its use clinically. He is also the director of the CAP/CLIA-certified Clinical Neurobiology Laboratory that supports the research mission of the Center, and where the genotyping core facility for the Center is located.
Dr. Anton maintains active funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), including a recent K05 career development award, as well as from the pharmaceutical industry. He is past president of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), a review editor for the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, and is the Director of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs.
Dr. Anton is aware of the issues involved in both basic and clinical research. Unlike many clinical researchers, he has demonstrated expertise and interest in basic science research as well, having published basic science research with Drs. Randall and Becker. He keeps current on advances in neuroscience, genetics, and biological psychiatry and how these new technologies can be applied to the mission of our Center.