Dr. Crabbe honored by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Dr. CrabbeThe National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recently honored OHSU's John C. Crabbe, PhD, Professor, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, by choosing him to give the 16th annual Mark Keller Honorary Lecture in Bethesda, Md.

Dr. Crabbe, one of the world's leading experts in using animal genetic models to understand human dependence on alcohol, gave the lecture Oct. 25. He spoke about translational behavior-genetic studies of alcohol.

Through his more than 30 years of research, Dr. Crabbe has pioneered several genetic procedures to identify the genes and neurobiological mechanisms that underlie many alcohol-related behaviors, including tolerance and withdrawal.

Dr. Crabbe has been at OHSU since 1979. He is also a senior research career scientist at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dr. Crabbe is the second OHSU researcher honored as a Keller Honorary Lecturer. Kathy Grant, Ph.D., also a professor in Behavioral Neuroscience, was named the 13th Keller Honorary Lecturer in 2008.

Mark Keller helped found the first Center of Alcohol Studies at Yale University in the early 1940s.