Responsible Gambling Council Newscan
Volume 14 | Issue 21
American Psychiatric Association

Pathological Gambing Changes in the DSM-5

What is pathological gambling? How do you know that someone’s gambling problem is, medically speaking, a gambling disorder? The answer, for many in the mental health profession, can be found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), whose 5th edition is in the final stages of development.

There are three significant changes to the criteria for the diagnosis of pathological gambling, each with important implications for research, treatment and prevention.


Featured Report

Interim Report Examines Online Gambling in Australia

The Australian federal government has released an interim report into the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 which proposes a number of changes to the IGA, including:

  • Introducing a national standard for harm minimization
  • Prohibiting micro-betting (such as point-by-point bets in tennis)

Public submissions to the interim report are being accepted until June 25, 2012.



DEADLINE: June 22, 2012

Alberta Gambling Research Institute Research Grant Proposals

For the 2012-13 proposal cycle, the following stakeholder identified priorities will receive particular consideration:

  • Internet gambling
  • Indigenous/First Nations gambling
  • Longitudinal follow-up studies
  • Public policy
  • Provision and delivery of effective treatment programs

Proposals on these topics are encouraged but submissions are not restricted to only these topics. Interested applicants should submit the completed application to their respective Research Grants Office contact.


Request For Proposals: Manitoba Gambling Research Program

The Manitoba Gambling Research Program is now accepting proposals and grant applications from across Canada in 2 categories.  

  • Research Grants: Small Grants (up to $50,000). Deadline for submissions is July 16, 2012.
  • Conference Grants (up to $2,000) are accepted year-round.

DEADLINE: July 31, 2012

Call for Papers: 22nd Annual National Association for Gambling Studies Conference

NAGS would like to welcome submissions for presentations at the 22nd Annual National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS) Conference to be held November 21-23, 2012 in Tasmania.

The theme of this year’s conference relates to the challenges and opportunities associated with developments in technology and gambling. However, presenters are also invited to submit abstracts relating to a wider range of issues in gambling and gaming research.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2012

Call For Papers: First Asia Pacific Conference On Gambling & Commercial Gaming Research

The Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies (APAGS) would like to invite you to submit your papers/abstracts for the First Asia Pacific Conference on Gambling & Commercial Gaming Research (APCG2012), which will be held between 5-8 November 2012, in Macao, China.

Research on gambling and commercial gaming from perspectives in the following fields are welcome:

  • psychology
  • law and regulation
  • marketing and management
  • economics
  • public policy
  • medical science
  • ...and others


Call For Applications: MLSYA Data Access Program

As of April 1, 2012, the Manitoba Longitudinal Study of Young Adults (MLSYA) Data Access Program began accepting applications from Manitoba researchers who would like to use this unique dataset for their own research studies.

The MLSYA followed a longitudinal sample (n=679) of 18 to 20 year olds from across Manitoba over a five year period from 2007 to 2011. 

Call for submission

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Events, new research, job postings, calls for proposals (and more) are welcome.

Recent News

June 1, 2012

OLG betting on bright future for horse racing - Brantford Expositor

May 31, 2012

Councillors take casino fight to Queen's Park - Citytv

May 31, 2012

Woodstock residents split on more games at slots - Brantford Expositor

May 31, 2012

Abbott, Xenophon unite over online gambling changes - ABC Online

May 30, 2012

Barrie mayor not keen on casino -

May 30, 2012

NC House panel OKs Cherokee casino game expansion - CNBC

May 30, 2012

Gambling giant Caesars eyes Toronto casino - Pulse 24

May 29, 2012

Macau gambles on big Chinese spenders - Globe and Mail

May 29, 2012

$4M VLT upgrade not up to taxpayers - CBC

May 29, 2012

Review calls for legalisation of online poker - ABC Online

May 29, 2012

ISPs may have to police gambling sites - The Australian

May 27, 2012:

Cantor bets big on changing the face of sports gambling - Washington Post

Upcoming Events

June 6-8, 2012

9th Annual Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling & Substance Abuse

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

June 15, 2012 (12:00-1:30 p.m. Central Time)

Youth Gambling: From Research to Practice (Webinar)


July 13-14, 2012

26th National Conference on Problem Gambling

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

September 18, 2012

European Association of Gambling Issues Pre-Conference Workshops

Loutraki, Greece

September 18-21, 2012

9th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues 

Loutraki, Greece

November 12-15, 2012

54th International Conference on Alcohol and Addictions

Montreal, Canada

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