Past events


Topic: “Alcohol and Microbiota”

Unfortunately, the ESBRA Nordmann award meeting 2020 which should have taken place on October 15th 2020 in Madrid was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now integrated in the next ESBRA meeting 2021 in Timisoara, Romania.


17th Congress of ESBRA from September 21st -24th 2019 in Lille, France

Opening ceremony of ESBRA 2019 by Sebastian Mueller

Prof. Mickael Naassila (right), congress president 2019

The Manfred Lautenschläger Award Winner 2019 is Prof. Markus Heilig (Sweden) from the Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience, Linköping University, Sweden

Lifetime Achievement Award for Prof. Philippe de Witte, Co-founder of ESBRA and longterm chief editor of Alcohol &Alcoholism

JMSAAS-ESBRA joint meeting organized by Prof. Kenichi Ikejima (right) and Sebastian Mueller (left) on “Novel concepts in alcoholic liver disease” with young investigators. From left: Ryuta Kitagawa, Tomomi Kogiso (both Tokyo, Japan), Anna Laitakari, Oulu, Finland), Hammad Seddik, Mannheim Germany.

JMSAAS-ESBRA joint meeting at ISBRA 2019 in Kyoto

On 10.9. 2018, the now already traditional JMSAAS-ESBRA joint meeting was organized within ISBRA 2019 by Prof. Saito and Prof. Mueller. Topic was “Alcohol-induced organ damage” that was broadly covered by speakers from both from Japan and Europe (see picture). The symposium generated several highly interesting discussions on the various types of cell death in the alcohol-exposed liver including the role of iron. Prof. Mueller also welcomed Prof. Tatsuya Fujimiya, the newly elected JMSAAS President from Yamaguchi University and all participants agreed to continue these series of symposia at the next ESBRA 2019 in Lille.

Speakers and chairs of the 2018 JMSAAS ESBRA joint meeting in Kyoto(from left): Kenichi Ikejima (newly elected to the board of JMSAAS), Sebastian Mueller (ESBRA president), Ines Silva, Vanessa Rausch, Shunhei Yamashina, Makiko Taniai, Toshikazu Saito (JMSAAS President)

ESBRA-Nordmann Award Meeting 2018 in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

From 11.-12.October 2018 the ESBRA-Nordmann Award Meeting was successfully organized in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, by Prof. Roberta Ward (Belgium) and Prof. Henriette Walter (Austria). The topic “Alcohol and the Immune System” addressed the important role of alcohol interactions with the immune system in the gut, liver and brain. Participants where from Europe and the USA. Outstanding keynote lectures were given by Prof. Gyongyi Szabo from the Univ.Massachusetts Medical School, USA on the “The immune system in alcoholic liver disease” Prof. Lorenzo Leggio from the NIAAA, USA and one of the Chief editors of Alcohol & Alcoholism on “Gut-liver-brain axis in alcohol use disorder: Peptides, Bugs and Lancets”. The 2018 Nordmann Award was given to Dr. Olli Kärkkäinen from Finland for his pioneering work on metabolomics and alcohol consumption. Finally, and besides a very intensive meeting, six young investigators received a YOUNG INVESTIGATOR award (see picture). The symposium finished with a highly educative and interactive trip to the ancient battle field of Waterloo and a visit to the newly opened museum.

Organizer: From right: Prof. Mueller with the organizers Prof. Roberta Ward (Belgium) and Prof. Henriette Walter (Austria). Prof. Wojnar on the right.

Nordmann Award 2018 Laureate Dr. Olli Kärkkäinen (Finland)

Participants of the 2018 Nordmann Award meeting with Key note speakers Prof Gyongyi Szabo (USA, ninth from right) and Lorenzo Leggio (USA, eleventh from right)

The young investigator awardees at the 2018 Nodmann Award meeting from left to right: Ines Silva, Christoph Grander, Benjamin Vyssoki, Emily Palmer, Angela Horvath, Sai Wang

16th Congress of ESBRA (October 8th – 11th 2017) Crete, Greece

The Manfred Lautenschläger Award Winner 2017 is Prof. Dr. Rainer Spanagel (Germany)


The Nordmann Award Winner 2016 is Lucia Hipolito (Spain)

Philippe DeWitte, Lucia Hipolito


NIH Postdoctoral Fellowships in Addiction Research

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research, and The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Intramural Research Program, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting for post-doctoral fellows (MD and/or PhD) to conduct research in the Section on Clinical Psychoneuroendocrinology and Neuropsychopharmacology (CPN) located in the Mark O Hatfield Clinical Research Center on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. The laboratory conducts clinical and translational inpatient and outpatient studies employing state-of- the-art bio behavioral, neuroimaging and pharmacological procedures to identify possible novel medications for addictions.

A special emphasis of the CPN Section is on the possible role of gut-liver-brain axis in alcohol seeking behaviors. Specifically, Dr. Leggio and team are investigating the potential role of feeding related pathways such as ghrelin, leptin, oxytocin, GLP-1 and the role of the gut microbiome. Preclinical and human approaches are under development in our quest to unravel the possible role of these pathways in alcohol use disorder.

Candidates (M.D., Ph.D. and/or Pharm.D.) should have a strong background and interest in translational and clinical addiction pharmacology. In addition, strong verbal and written communication skills are essential. Candidates must have less than 5 years of post-doctoral training. Salary will be set commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Interested candidates should apply by submitting a current C.V. and bibliography, a brief statement of research accomplishments and interests, along with 3 reference contacts.

Applications may be submitted electronically or by mail to:

Lorenzo Leggio, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc.
Clinical Investigator, NIAAA & NIDA
Chief, Section on Clinical Psychoneuroendocrinology and Neuropsychopharmacology (CPN)
Associate Director for Clinical Research, NIDA IRP Medication Development Program
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
10 Center Drive (10CRC/1-5330) MSC 1108; Room 1-5429
Bethesda, MD20892-1108
(301) 435-9398 – phone
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Intramural Research Program (IRP)
251 Bayview Blvd.; Room 01A840
Baltimore, MD21224
(443) 740-2293 – phone

Refer to this website for additional Information:


The founder president of ESBRA Prof. Roger Nordmann passed away

We are sorry to inform about the sad news, that on Friday the 24th of January, Professor Roger Nordmann, the Founder President of ESBRA passed away following a sudden heart stroke.

Professor Roger Nordmann was our first president, member of the French Academy of Medicine, Emeritus Professor of the Université René Descartes, Officier de la Légion d’Honneur et Officier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

He was also Board Member of ISBRA.

Without his tireless energy ESBRA would not exist in such a wellfare shape !


14th Congress of ESBRA (September 8th – 11th 2013) Warsaw, Poland

ESBRA celebratet ist 25th anniversary in Warsaw. The Awardees of this years conference:

The Manfred Lautenschläger Award Winner 2013 is Prof. Helmut Seitz

Helmut Seitz

Lifetime Achievment Award for Prof. Roger Nordmann, the Founder President of ESBRA

from left to right; Roger Nordmann, Helmut Seitz

The poster prize Awardees

from left to right: Giancarlo Colombo, Pierre Maurage, Sebastian Mueller, Paola Maccioni, Carolina L. Haass-Koffler

The Young Investigators Award Winners:

Magdalena Sikora, Agnieszka Kałwa, Michael Way, Aleksandra Suchanecka, Svetlana Anisimova,


2. Alcohol and Cancer Congress, May 11th – 15th 2013, Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

The second conference on Alcohol and Cancer (1. Conference was held in Heidelberg,
September 2010) was organized by Dr. Vasilis Vasilou, Anna Mae Diehl, Mikko
Salaspuro, Helmut K. Seitz and Samir Zakhari with the support of ESBRA, ISBRA
and NIAAA. International specialists on alcohol toxicity and carcinogenesis
discussed during a three-day-conference in Breckenridge, Colorado, new trends
and aspects of alcohol mediated cancer development. Various mechanisms
including acetaldehyde toxicity and oxidative stress are in the centre of
interest. While more data with respect to liver cancer and cancer of the upper
aerodigestive tract appeared, mechanisms for alcohol associated breast cancer
and colorectal cancer are still unclear. However, it seems that additional genetic
factors may be of great importance. The conference will be summarized by a
forthcoming book, more details can be found under
A third conference is planned for 2015 in Greece.


ESBRA Nordmann Award Meeting 2012 in Basel, Switzerland

The ESBRA Nordmann Award winner and the Young Investogators Award Winners 2012

From left to right: Helmut Karl Seitz (president of ESBRA) Gerhard Wiesbeck , Anna Wnorowska,
Aleksandra Topolewska-Wochowska, Giancarlo Colombo (vize-president of ESBRA), Angela Attwood, Antti Latvala, Elisabet Jerlhag Holm (ESBRA Nordmann Award winner 2012), Joaquim Fernadez-Sola (secretary of ESBRA), Maciej Goniewicz

13th ESBRA Congress 2011

Lautenschläger Award winner 2011 is Prof. Consuelo Guerri: from left to right: Manfred Lautenschläger, Consuelo Guerri, Helmut Seitz
Peter Berner Awardee Tomas Zima with Otto Lesch
from left to right: Otto Lesch, Helmut Seitz, Consuelo Guerri, Manfred Lautenschläger, Tomas Zima, Roger Nordmann


September 2010: ESBRA Nordmann Award Meeting in Heidelberg

ESBRA Nordmann Award Winner PD Dr. Thomas Hillemacher & Prof. Seitz