We overview The ACE study originated in 1985 in Dr. Vincent Felitti’s obesity clinic in California. Felitti’s View of the Implications of the ACE Study. “Traumatic stress affects a person’s neurobiology. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. Childhood abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction and the risk of illicit drug use: the adverse childhood experiences study Pediatrics. The ACE Study - probably the most important public health study you never heard of - emerged from an obesity clinic on a quiet street in San Diego. And it does not typically go away on its own. The ACE study led by Felitti was closed in 2015, and Felitti and his original collaborators at the CDC, including Williamson and Rob Anda, have all retired. which the ACE-Q was utilized for data collection or analysis was conducted, followed by a manual search of bibliographies. Robert Anda and Vincent Felitti. We think we can speak for all who attended the CA Department of Health Care Services Learning Series on January 17 th when we say we are immensely grateful to Dr. Felitti for sharing with us findings from the original CDC-Kaiser ACE study and inspiring us with his passion and heartfelt commitment to this body of work. The study found that (Felitti et al., 1998): Adults with ACEs are constantly being triggered. It was 1985, and Dr. Vincent Felitti was mystified. My intent is to challenge the usual concept of addiction with new evidence from a population-based clinical study of … The concepts for the ACE Study grew out of Dr. Vincent Felitti’s work helping individuals who were obese lose weight through Positive Choice programs in the mid-1980s (Anda & Felitti, 2003). The research is based on a survey of more than 17,000 adults and was led by Drs. 2003 Mar;111(3):564-72. doi: 10.1542/peds.111.3.564. ABSTRACT. THE ORIGINS OF ADDICTION: Evidence from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. Authors Shanta R Dube 1 , Vincent J Felitti, Maxia Dong, Daniel P Chapman, Wayne H Giles, Robert F Anda. NOVEMBER 07, 2014. by Vincent J. Felitti, MD. Adverse Childhood Experiences Study WHAT ARE ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES? This resulted in 134 articles of which 44 were based on the original population of the first ACE-Q study (Felitti et al., 1998) and 90 on other populations. At the time, Felitti was working as a specialist in preventive medicine at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA. For Felitti, the ACE study reveals that early traumas pose a lifelong threat to both mental and physical health. ACEs comes from the groundbreaking Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACE Study), first published in 1998 and comprising more than 70 research papers published over the following 15 years.