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Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies researcher, Kathleen K. Sulik, Ph.D., presented the T.K. Li Lectureship plenary address at the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) meeting in San Antonio Texas, on June 27, 2010. Her talk, “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Research to Prevention,” focused on her laboratory’s imaging-based investigations of alcohol-induced birth defects, as well as the birth defects prevention-directed middle and high school curricula that she and her colleagues have developed.Sulik RSA

Sulik is a professor in the UNC Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies. Her work aims to achieve a better understanding of the mechanisms, pathogenesis, and pathology associated with a variety of environmentally-induced and genetically-based birth defects. She hopes to use her findings to develop preventive measures relative to these defects.

The Lectureship that opens the RSA conference is named for T.K. Li, past president of the RSA and former director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a component of the National Institutes of Health. Li is currently a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University.