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News Date: 
Thursday, August 7, 2014

NIAAA Hosts Sept. 2 Workshop/Webinar on Neurobiology of Addiction

On September 2, NIAAA will host a one-day workshop/webinar. The purpose is to highlight recent progress in the understanding of neuroimmune mechanisms contributing to brain function and alcohol dependence.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The location is the Terrace Level Conference Room in 5635 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland, 20852.

The workshop also will be webcast live through the NIH Videocast site: http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?Live=14526&bhcp=1.

View the complete agenda at http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/news-events/meetings-events-exhibits/niaaa-workshop.

The workshop’s contact person is Dr. Changhai Cui, program director in NIAAA’s Division of Neuroscience and Behavior.  Dr. Cui said that it is becoming increasingly clear that alcohol and other drugs of abuse modulate neuroimmune signaling. From recent studies, neuroimmune signaling has been shown to have an important role in neurodevelopment, synaptic function, and neuroendocrine function. These findings provide an important frame work in understanding neuroimmune modulation’s role in the neurobiology of addiction.

This workshop will bring together scientists from the alcohol research field and other fields to highlight recent science advances, identify research gaps, and discuss future directions and potential collaborations.

Speakers

 Drs. Harris, Crews, Roberto, Gan, Bilbo and Sinha

Panelists

 Drs. Grant, Kane, Ron, Sarkar and Szabo