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NIDA-NIAAA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research: The Science of Astrocytes, Stress Response, and Translational Research

Society for Neuroscience satellite meeting explores notable studies in addiction research

November 06, 2017

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What: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, will host a one-day mini convention, a satellite event of the 2017 Society of Neuroscience annual meeting. NIDA and NIAAA grantees will present on treatment approaches for substance use disorders while exploring the functions of the immune and nervous systems, as well as the impact of social stressors on brain development and addiction.

Why: Scientists from around the world explore and discuss the latest research in the field of addiction neuroscience.

When:  Friday, November 10, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room 207A
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Media Registration is Free. Please register by email

NIDA-NIAAA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research Event Highlights:

  • Introduction and Opening Remarks (8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.) remarks by NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow and NIAAA Director Dr. George F. Koob
  • The Role of Astrocytes in Nervous System function (8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.) — understanding techniques and approaches for studying astrocytes in neurological disorders and behavior
  • Keynote Presentation of the 2017 Society for Neuroscience Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award Winner (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) – keynote speech from this year’s scientist recognized for innovative research on substance use or addiction and the nervous system. Past-year awardees can be found on the Society for Neuroscience Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award page.
  • NIDA-NIAAA Early Career Investigator Showcase (11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – an opportunity for early career investigators to discuss their research findings and interests with NIDA and NIAAA staff, training directors, and other substance use researchers
  • Social Stressors, Immune Response and Substance Use Disorders (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) — exploration of stress reactivity and immune function in brain development, addiction and depression
  • Novel Approaches for Translational Research and Drug Discovery (3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.) — an overview of innovative treatment approaches for substance use disorders and mental illness

Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Event Highlights:

  • Sleuthing Out NIH Grant Opportunities for Fellows, Scholars and Early Career Investigators
    November 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Room 152A
  • NIH Press Conference –Science reporters will have the opportunity to discuss new programs, initiatives, and research advances in neuroscience with NIH Institute Directors.
    November 14, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Press Conference Room 202B
    For more information, contact: 301-443-4536; NIMHpress@nih.gov

For more information on the NIDA Mini-Convention, visit Frontiers in Addiction Research. For more information on the 2017 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, please visit Society of Neuroscience

Contact:
NIDA Press Office
301-443-6245
media@nida.nih.gov

About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy, improve practice, and advance addiction science. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at www.drugabuse.gov, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to drugpubs@nida.nih.gov. Online ordering is available at drugpubs.drugabuse.gov. NIDA’s media guide can be found at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/dear-journalist, and its easy-to-read website can be found at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov. You can follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

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About the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA): The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to generate and disseminate fundamental knowledge about the effects of alcohol on health and well-being, and apply that knowledge to improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems, including alcohol use disorder, across the lifespan. Alcohol research information and publications from NIAAA are available at www.niaaa.nih.gov. Online ordering for both English and Spanish publications is available at: https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications.

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