Two UNC Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies fellows receive ISBRA Presidents Awards

Dr. Robert Lipinski and Dr. Kristen Pleil received two of the five $1,000 International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (ISBRA) Presidents Awards at the annual meeting in Sapporo, Japan in September.

Dr. Robert Lipinski, a fellow with Dr. Kathy Sulik, won for his research entitled “Imaging-Based Analyses of Concurrent Face-Brain Abnormalities in an Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Mouse Model." His work illustrates the predictive nature of unique facial features for specific brain abnormalities; results that have significant implications for advancing diagnostic and interventional strategies critical for the management of FASD.

Dr. Kristen Pleil, a fellow with Dr. Thomas Kash, won for her work on brain circuits involved in addiction, specifically studying the “Effects of Chronic Alcohol Exposure on Neuronal Function in the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis.”

There were five Presidential Awards, only two UNC fellows received travel support to this international meeting, and both won Presidential Awards of $1,000.