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Scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2006 08:00 AM-11:45 AM: Session 18 (Regency East #1) Symposium

Non-human Primate Alcohol Research: Current Studies and New Directions

S. Howell1, G. C. Westergaard1 and J. D. Higley2
1Alpha Genesis, Inc., P.O. Box 557, 95 Castle Hall Rd., Yemasee, SC 29945, USA, 2National Institute of Health/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
     Nonhuman primates serve a critical role in alcohol research. They serve as a model for human alcohol consumption and the development of improved treatment modalities for alcohol addiction. In the last 10 years, there has been a dramatic increase in this research area including behavioral, biological, physiological and genetic studies. Researchers studying alcohol consumption among nonhuman primates aim to identify individual differences in behavior, biochemistry, and genetics among subjects who consume relatively high amounts of alcohol. Of particular interest has been the relationship between high alcohol consumption, personality characteristics related to increased aggression and impulsivity, and CSF concentrations of monoamine metabolites. The purpose of this symposium is to bring together researchers from a broad variety of areas to present current primate research that focuses on alcohol consumption in non-human primates. Investigators represent a variety of research venues from field to laboratories and areas from behavior to genetics. This symposium will also initiate discussion on new directions in alcohol research and the role that primates can play to this important research area.