International Center for Responsible Gaming

The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to scientific research on gambling disorder and evidence-based educational programming. The ICRG’s mission is to help individuals and families affected by gambling disorder through the highest quality research and education. Nearly $40 million has been committed to the ICRG through contributions from the casino gaming industry, equipment manufacturers, vendors, related organizations, and individuals.

2022 Webinar Series

Brain Connections: Start Talking With Visitors About Gambling and the Brain

April 28, 2022 1:30 PM EDT
Speakers: Dr. Iris Balodis, PhD; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences; Associate Director, Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research; McMaster University
Deirdre Querney, MSW, Registered Social Worker, City of Hamilton’s Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Services

"I can’t stop gambling…every time I lose, I keep coming back…why?” “It’s not fun anymore, so why do I feel like I need to gamble?” “When the casinos were closed during the pandemic, why did I switch addictions?” “How do features of a slot machine affect my brain? “Why does my brother keep gambling even when he’s lost everything?”
As someone who works with people who gamble – either as a clinician, RG specialist, or operator, how do you respond when you are asked these questions?
This session will describe Brain Connections – tools you can use to educate the public about the brain and gambling. Brain Connections (www.brainconnections.ca) was developed as a partnership between problem gambling researchers and clinicians. This knowledge translation project features educational tools for the public that are designed to assist you in answering frequently asked questions about the brain, gambling and how problems might develop.

Can Motivational Messages Engage Individuals At-risk for Gambling Disorder in an Online Assessment?

May 19, 2022 2:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Dr. Samuel C. Peter, Ph.D, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow, Durham VA

Although the majority of individuals who gamble do not experience significant gambling-related harm, to varying degrees, a significant portion do. Understanding best practices for how to increase utilization of helping resources is an important step in developing effective harm-reduction strategies. This presentation will focus on translating the psychological science around motivation into practical strategies for how to increase the likelihood that individuals at risk for experiencing gambling-related will avail themselves of helping resources. Relevant prior research, a recently published ICRG-funded experiment, and implications for the future of gambling-harm prevention will be discussed.

Exploring Responsible Gambling Options for Harm Minimization in the Field of Online Lottery

June 28, 2022 2:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Dr. Alex Price, Senior Researcher, Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices; Responsible Gaming Council

This session will cover the first phase of a research project exploring responsible gambling options for harm minimization in the field of online lottery. Through reviews of peer-reviewed literature and key lottery jurisdictions from around the world, a synthesis of evidence-informed options and industry adoption was produced. Dr. Price’s research was supported by a collaboration between the ICRG and the Hoosier Lottery.

If you have questions for the International Center for Responsible Gaming, please contact:

Christine Reilly
Senior Research Director, ICRG

If you have questions about G2E Education,
please contact:

Allison McCoy
Education Content Director, G2E