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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Ruth Abramson, PhD


        Margaret M. Murray, PhD, MSW


Margaret (Peggy) Murray is currently Director, International Research Program, NIAAA/NIH.  She is responsible for overseeing the Institute’s involvement in international affairs, including all aspects of global alcohol research and health professions education that spans the Divisions and Offices of the Institute.  She works with the Fogarty International Center at NIH, Office of Global Health Affairs, HHS, the U.S. Department of State, and the World Health Organization, Geneva, on the development of initiatives and programs. She has devoted much of her time over the past 23 years at NIAAA to the development of initiatives in medical education (nationally and internationally), international collaborative research in alcohol-use disorders, college drinking, public awareness of the importance of screening and early intervention for alcohol use disorders, and homelessness. Currently she is a member of the Institute of Medicines Forum on Global Violence Prevention,  as well as the steering committee for the WHO study of the global prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She has provided leadership for the development and publication of two major curricula for alcohol-use disorders: A Medical Education Model for the Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol-Use Disorders, and A Social Work Education Model for the Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol-Use Disorders.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Describe the contribution of alcohol misuse to the global burden of disease in both developed and developing countries.
2.  State the main goals of NIAAA/NIH’s efforts in developing international research collaborations.


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