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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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David L. Pennington, PhD

Assistant Director of the Addiction Research Program, SFVAHCS
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF


Neurobiology and Treatment of Addiction and Co-occuring Disorders

Dr. Pennington is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and Assistant Director of the Addiction Research Program at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His research spans translational neuroimaging of substance use disorders to investigating new behavioral and pharmacological treatments for veterans with alcohol use disorder (AUD), posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Pennington recently received a NARSAD Young Investigators award to test the efficacy of a cognitive training program, Alcohol Approach Bias Modification (AABM) to reduce heavy drinking in veterans with AUD. Dr. Pennington plans to extend and enhance his current program of research toward using functional magnetic resonance imaging to explore neurobiological mechanisms associated with AABM in veterans with AUD and traumatic brain injury.

To see Dr. Pennington on Pub Med, click here.