Dr. Raul Caetano has been awarded the Research Society on Alcoholism’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for his break-through epidemiological studies on alcohol abuse in minority populations. He will accept the award at the society’s annual scientific meeting this June.
[Photo: Dr. Raul Caetano]
Dr. Caetano is a professor emeritus of epidemiology, human genetics and environmental sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, and former regional dean of the school’s Dallas campus. He retired in 2015.
The honor is given to an individual who has a long, balanced career including outstanding research, training, service and advocacy.
The Research Society on Alcoholism’s awards committee recognized Dr. Caetano for his groundbreaking research on alcohol problems among U.S. ethnic minorities, especially among Hispanics — work generating more than 250 papers published in peer reviewed literature. His nominators described these large scale epidemiological studies as “the most informative in the field,” and also highlighted Caetano’s influential research on the diagnosis of alcohol dependence, and his studies on the association between drinking and intimate partner violence. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) consistently supported his research over the course of his 30-year career.
Among his many awards, Caetano is a recipient of one of the highest honors the NIH gives to an investigator — the Method to Extend Research in Time Award — a MERIT award. More recently, he received the Betty Ford Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse in 2015, and the 2014 UTHealth President’s Scholar Award for Research.
Currently, Caetano is a senior research scientist for the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation’s Prevention Research Center in Oakland, CA. The center is an NIH-funded National Alcohol Research Center focusing on environmental approaches for the prevention of alcohol-related problems.