Extramural Research

The NIAAA extramural research portfolio is wide-ranging and varied. 


NIAAA determines its research priorities through guidance from:

  • National Advisory Council and its subcommittees
  • Input from researchers in the field
  • Input from NIAAA research staff
  • Input from liaison groups
  • Important themes at national and international meetings and conferences
  • NIAAA Strategic Plan
  • NIAAA Health Disparities Strategic Plan
  • Congressional legislation and reports


Examples of research initiatives we have invested in recently include:



Long-term, Community-Based Prevention of Alcohol Problems at Specific Life Stages



Basic Research on Medications Development for Alcohol-Use Disorder

Advancing Behavioral Therapies for Alcohol-Use Disorder



Genetic Studies of Vulnerability to Alcohol

Behavioral and Genetic Risk Factors for Alcohol-Use Disorder



Identifying the Neuroscientific Basis of Alcohol-Related Behaviors


Health Effects

Mechanisms and Markers of Alcohol-Induced Organ Damage and Organ Protection

Multi-site, Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome


Health Disparities

Disparities in Adverse and Beneficial Effects of Alcohol


Health Services

Read the Executive Summary: Improving the Delivery of Alcohol Treatment and Prevention Services – A National Plan for Alcohol Health Services Research



Women, HIV/AIDS, and Alcohol


Intramural Research

Intramural research is conducted in the Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research.

The NIAAA intramural research program investigates how to prevent, diagnose, and treat alcohol-related problems through basic and applied research, as well as by operating a clinical research facility.

Our approach to research is multidisciplinary, and so our researchers collaborate with each other, as well as with researchers in other NIH Institutes and Centers, and external institutions.

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