University of Nebraska Medical Center

Our Research

The Alcohol Center of Research-Nebraska (ACORN) is funded by a P50 grant that allows us to support expansion of alcohol research already happening at UNMC.

History of Alcohol Research in Nebraska
  • Nebraska has an outstanding and exemplary alcohol research history.
  • Starting in the 1960s with the VA Liver Study Unit
  • VA Alcohol Center (1995-2010)
  • Continuous NIAAA-funded alcohol R01, R21 projects
  • Continuous VA Merit, CDS and RCS funding
  • Current R25 support (undergraduate funding)
  • We have a strong thematic focus of the alcohol exposome.
  • We have an outstanding core of collaborative, funded and established investigators and a remarkable pool of young investigators dedicated to alcohol research. Within the last five years, there have been more than 70 collaborative publications from our group.
  • Nebraska has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control as a high alcohol-consuming state and this issue is under addressed.
Thematic Focus

The focus of our center is the alcohol exposome, which is composed of exposures to which an individual is subjected over time. The goal of the alcohol exposome is to translate how exposures (age, nutritional status, obesity, infection, smoking, pathogens, etc.) interact with alcohol to cause and/or exacerbate injury.

Research Projects