Joseph Hibbeln, M.D.


Laboratory of Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics; Section of Nutritional Neuroscience


5625 Fishers Lane
Room 3N07
Bethesda, MD 20892


Research Topics

Areas of research focus include clinical treatment and prevention trials in alcoholism, substance abuse disorders, postpartum depression, suicide, and violence. Other areas of interest include lipid biochemistry, epidemiology and public health policy.


CAPT Joseph Hibbeln, M.D., USPHS is a Clinical Investigator and is the Acting Chief of the LMBB/SNN at NIAAA. He received his M.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Hibbeln has been the principal investigator of numerous studies at the NIH Clinical Center over the past 20 years. He has participated in extensive international collaborative clinical trials of omega-3 fatty acids for the prevention of suicide, postpartum depression, and violence. He is a primary collaborator in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, Bristol, UK, examining the residual effect of nutritional insufficiencies in pregnancy in childhood neurodevelopmental outcomes and relevant gene-nutrient interactions. Dr. Hibbeln was one of the first investigators to draw attention to the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in psychiatric disorders.

Selected Publications

  1. Hibbeln JR, SanGiovanni JP, Golding J, Emmett PM, Northstone K, Davis JM, Schuckit M, Heron J. Meat Consumption During Pregnancy and Substance Misuse Among Adolescent Offspring: Stratification of TCN2 Genetic Variants. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2017;41(11):1928-1937.
  2. Ramsden CE, Zamora D, Majchrzak-Hong S, Faurot KR, Broste SK, Frantz RP, Davis JM, Ringel A, Suchindran CM, Hibbeln JR. Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73). BMJ. 2016;353:i1246.
  3. Hibbeln JR, Davis JM, Steer C, Emmett P, Rogers I, Williams C, Golding J. Maternal seafood consumption in pregnancy and neurodevelopmental outcomes in childhood (ALSPAC study): an observational cohort study. Lancet. 2007;369(9561):578-85.
  4. Blasbalg TL, Hibbeln JR, Ramsden CE, Majchrzak SF, Rawlings RR. Changes in consumption of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the United States during the 20th century. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011;93(5):950-62.
  5. Alvheim AR, Malde MK, Osei-Hyiaman D, Lin YH, Pawlosky RJ, Madsen L, Kristiansen K, Frøyland L, Hibbeln JR. Dietary linoleic acid elevates endogenous 2-AG and anandamide and induces obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2012;20(10):1984-94.

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