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Award recognizes innovative research into substance abuse and the brain and nervous system

NEW ORLEANS — The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has awarded Andrew Holmes, PhD, of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), with the Jacob P. Waletzky Award. Established in 2003 and supported by the Waletzky family, the award includes $25,000 and is given to a scientist who has conducted research or plans to conduct research in the area of substance abuse and the brain and nervous system. The prize was awarded at Neuroscience 2012, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.

“SfN applauds Dr. Holmes on this prestigious award,” said Moses V. Chao, PhD, president of SfN. “His research has shed light on how drugs of abuse can alter the form and function of the neural circuitry governing higher order cognitive and emotional behavior.”

Holmes studies how stress and drugs affect cognitive function. His work has been particularly informative in identifying how genetic makeup may predispose some individuals to alcohol abuse and other psychiatric disorders. He currently studies new treatments for alcohol dependence in animal models.

Holmes earned his PhD from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health. He is currently the chief of the Laboratory of Behavioral and Genomic Neuroscience at NIAAA.

The Society for Neuroscience is an organization of more than 42,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system.