January 4, 2001

UCSD’s Marc Schuckit Honored for Exemplary Research and Teaching Career

Marc SchuckitAt this winter’s annual meeting of the U.S. Psychiatric Congress, Marc A. Schuckit, M.D., a UCSD professor of psychiatry and director of the Alcohol Research Center at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his “exemplary career as an outstanding, innovative researcher and extraordinary teacher.”

The award was presented by John Schwartz, M.D., editor in chief of Psychiatric Times, who cited Schuckit’s research on the importance of genetic influences in alcoholism, his numerous publications, his role as a founding member of the San Diego Summer School of Alcohol Studies, and his contributions as editor of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol.

A world leader in the study of alcoholism and genetics, Schuckit’s work includes a landmark study identifying the relationship between the intensity of alcohol’s effect in younger subjects and later alcoholism. In studies of alcoholics’ children, he noted a decreased intensity of reaction to alcohol in 40% of the sons and daughters of alcoholics and a high risk of becoming alcoholics themselves. His research interests include the genetic influences on alcoholism and the relationship between alcohol or drug dependence and severe psychiatric syndromes, especially depression, states of anxiety and psychoses.

Schuckit is the author of the textbook, Drug and Alcohol Abuse: A Clinical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, 5th edition 2000, published by Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers and Educating Yourself About Alcohol and Drugs, a book for the general population. He has twice served on the National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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