Offices and Divisions
NIAAA is made up of five Divisions and four offices. An organizational chart is available here.
The Office of the Director leads the Institute by setting research and programmatic priorities and coordinating cross-cutting initiatives. The Office includes:
Office of Extramural Activities, Director: Dr. Abraham Bautista
The Office of Extramural Activities is responsible for extramural grant and contract review, the management of chartered initial review groups and special emphasis panels, and all grants management activities. OEA also manages the Committee Management Office—responsible for advisory council activities and nominations to advisory and review panels—and provides advice to the Institute's senior leadership on matters that concern FACA (Federal Advisory Committee Act) and non-FACA meetings.
Office of Science Policy and Communications, Director: Dr. Bridget Williams-Simmons (Acting)
The Office of Science Policy and Communications is responsible for science policy, planning, evaluation and reporting functions for NIAAA; the preparation of briefing materials on alcohol research; responses to Freedom of Information Act requests. Additionally, the office coordinates all media relations, produces materials for scientific and lay audiences, and acts as the public face of the Institute.
Office of Resource Management, Director: Ms. Vicki Buckley
The Office of Resource Management provides administrative management support to the Institute in the areas of financial management, grants and contracts management, administrative services, and personnel operations; (2) develops administrative management policies, procedures, guidelines, and operations; (3) maintains liaison with the management staff of the Office of the Director and implements within the Institute general management policies prescribed by NIH and higher authorities.
NIAAA’s divisions manage all of the Institute’s intramural and extramural basic and clinical research.
- Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research, Director: Dr. George Kunos
The Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research seeks to understand the mechanisms by which alcohol produces intoxication, dependence, and damage to vital body organs, and to develop tools to prevent and treat those biochemical and behavioral processes.
- Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, Director: Dr. Ralph Hingson
The Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research (DEPR) seeks to reduce alcohol-related mortality and morbidity and other alcohol-related problems and consequences through the integration and application of epidemiology and prevention science.
- Division of Medications Development, Director: Dr. Raye Litten (Acting)
The Division of Medications Development focuses on pharmacological treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) and supports clinical research programs.
- Division of Metabolism and Health Effects, Director: Dr. Kathy Jung
The Division of Metabolism and Health Effects supports basic and clinical research studies to identify the molecular pathways through which alcohol causes organ and tissue damage, with the goal of identifying targets for drug discovery to prevent or treat alcohol-related disorders.
- Division of Neuroscience and Behavior, Director: Dr. Antonio Noronha
The Division of Neuroscience and Behavior promotes research on ways in which neuronal and behavioral systems are influenced by genetic, developmental, and environmental factors in conjunction with alcohol exposure to engender alcohol use disorder.
- Division of Treatment and Recovery Research, Director: Dr. Robert Huebner (Acting)
The Division of Treatment and Recovery Research supports research to better understand the natural history of excessive drinking and alcohol use disorder and factors associated with positive change.