Center Overview and Welcome

Dr. Fulton Crews, Director, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies The mission of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies is to conduct, coordinate, and promote basic and clinical research on the causes, prevention, and treatment of alcoholism and alcoholic disease.

The tragedy of alcoholism in our society is so great and the need for better therapeutics is so dire that we strive to find new and effective therapies for alcoholism in our lifetime. Currently, the Bowles Center has 16 faculty from eight different departments involved in research, teaching and service. In addition, six research assistant professors, along with postdoctoral fellows, research associates and graduate students create a highly interactive research community and exciting environment for basic and clinical discovery related to the brain disease of alcoholism.

Research in the Center is extremely strong in the areas of drinking and relapse behavior, molecular adaptations to alcohol that underlie tolerance, dependence and protracted withdrawal, alcohol cell signaling, and alcohol toxicology across the lifespan. The Center has international leaders in the study of ion channel regulation, protein kinases, neurodegeneration, fetal teratogenesis, genetics and behavioral pharmacology. The Center is currently recruiting for a clinical/translational scientist to further strengthen our research program and extend our basic research discoveries to the clinic. The Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at UNC is a fun and exciting place for biomedical/translational research. We strive to reduce the burden of alcoholism in our society.


Fulton T. Crews, Ph.D.
PhD, Director, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies