The Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center is an independent, not-for-profit organization affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco. It was established in 1980 to study basic neuroscience and the effects of alcohol and drugs of abuse on the brain. All Gallo Center faculty hold appointments in departments and interdisciplinary graduate programs at UCSF, and most receive grant support from the National Institutes of Health.
Since its founding, the Gallo Center has grown to a staff of more than 170 researchers, clinicians, and laboratory and administrative personnel, and occupies nearly 88,000 square feet of space in Emeryville, California. The Center has major neuroscience laboratories in cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, neurophysiology, behavioral pharmacology and physiology, and invertebrate, mouse, and human genetics.
The goals of the Gallo Center are to:
• Understand the cellular, molecular, and behavioral basis of alcoholism, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse;
• Develop cellular, molecular, and behavioral technologies to identify alcoholics and individuals at risk for developing alcoholism or drug abuse because of genetic vulnerability; and
• Use advances in cellular, molecular, and behavioral neuroscience and genetics to develop new therapies for the prevention and management of alcoholism, drug abuse, and related neurologic disorders.
The Gallo Center hosts weekly teaching conferences, seminars, and research discussion groups. It is an excellent training resource for alcohol and addiction-related research for medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists.