Before joining MADD, J.T. was a senior staff member on the congressional staff of former Congressman Frank R. Wolf. Wolf served as a senior member on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, and he formerly chaired the House Transportation Appropriations subcommittee. In those eight years, J.T. rose through the office ranks to the position of legislative assistant for appropriations. J.T. brings an extensive knowledge of federal, state and local transportation issues to MADD, having been a top advisor on Wolf’s transportation efforts. In 1999, J.T. graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Mary Washington College – now the University of Mary Washington – in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Dr. Ralph Hingson, Director of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Dr. Ralph Hingson joined the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in 2004. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, conducts and supports approximately 90 percent of U.S. research on the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of alcohol abuse, alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. It also disseminates research findings to science, practitioner, policy-making, and general audiences. Before joining NIAAA, he was Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Boston University School of Public Health. He has authored or co-authored 170 research articles and book chapters, including studies of the effects of: (1) Raising the legal drinking age, (2) Zero tolerance laws for drivers under 21, (3) .08% legal blood alcohol limits for adult drivers, (4) comprehensive community programs to reduce alcohol problems, (5) early drinking onset in alcohol dependence, traffic crashes, unintentional injuries and physical fights after drinking, as well as (6) assessments of morbidity and mortality associated with underage drinking, drinking by U.S. college students ages 18-24, and interventions to reduce both underage and college drinking. An expert on drunk driving legislation, Dr. Hingson conducted research that helped to stimulate passage of federal legislation providing incentives for all states to make it illegal for drivers under 21 to drive after any drinking. By 1998, all states had adopted this law. His research on the relationship between blood alcohol levels and automobile crashes was instrumental as the basis for all 50 states to pass legislation to lower the legal blood alcohol limit to 0.08%. Dr. Hingson currently serves on the World Health Organization (WHO) coordinating council to implement WHO’s global strategic plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. In recognition of his research contributions, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation honored Dr. Hingson in 2001 with its Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Award. In 2002, he received the Widmark Award, the highest award bestowed by the International Council on Alcohol Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS). He is a Past President of ICADTS. In 2003, MADD instituted the Ralph W. Hingson Research in Practice Annual Presidential Award, with Dr. Hingson honored as its first recipient.
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