Introduction: Special issue on genetic research of alcohol use disorder in diverse racial/ethnic populations

Am J Addict. 2017 Aug;26(5):422-423. doi: 10.1111/ajad.12576. Epub 2017 Jul 3.


This special issue of The American Journal on Addictions is an extension of a workshop held at the Research Society on Alcoholism (2015) highlighting several important issues related to studies of the genetic bases of alcohol use disorder among racially/ethnically diverse populations. While not exhaustive in their coverage, the papers in this special issue focus on three important topics: (1) the importance of considering the social and environmental context in genetic analyses; (2) social and cultural considerations for engaging diverse communities in genetic research; and (3) methodologies related to phenotype development for use with racially/ethnically diverse populations. A brief overview of each paper included in these three sections is presented. The issue concludes with additional considerations for genetic research with racially/ethnically diverse population groups along with a commentary. (Am J Addict 2017;26:422-423).

Publication types

  • Introductory Journal Article

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol-Related Disorders / genetics*
  • Ethnicity / psychology*
  • Genetic Research*
  • Humans
  • Racial Groups / psychology*