Canadian Official Visits Clinical Center, Learns About Alcohol Research

The Honorable Ya’ara Saks (left), and NIAAA Deputy Clinical Director Nancy Diazgranados, M.D. (right)
Credit: Daniel Silber, NIH Clinical Center

The Honorable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health for Canada (left), toured the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center on Nov. 13, 2023. As part of her visit, she spoke with National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Deputy Clinical Director Nancy Diazgranados, M.D. (right), about NIAAA’s research, including the simulated bar laboratory that is pictured here. Researchers use this “virtual bar” to explore triggers to drinking beverages containing alcohol and to test potential new medications for alcohol treatment.