NIAAA Satellite Event at the Society for Neuroscience 2014 Annual Meeting:
PTSD, the Amygdala, and Alcohol Use Disorders


Epidemiological evidence has indicated a connection between PTSD and alcohol abuse.  This relationship has been emphasized recently by returning combat veterans who suffer from PTSD and have a high incidence of alcohol and drug abuse.  The co-occurrence of PTSD and alcohol abuse exacerbates adverse health conditions and makes treatment and recovery more complex.  In order to reduce the consequences of PTSD and associated alcohol abuse, the neurobiological mechanisms underlying these co-morbidities must be determined.  While some progress has been made regarding the role of the amygdala in each disorder, we need a better understanding of how the stress circuits and alcohol dependence circuits interact.  The purpose of this symposium is to bring together existing expertise on PTSD, the amygdala and alcohol abuse to facilitate this discussion.  This information will enable the development of future approaches and set priorities for investigations going forward.



Registration for the symposium is free but required due to limited seating. To register for the symposium, please send an email to Alexis Pelt ( with the subject line: PTSD Satellite Symposium Registration.


Organized by Lindsey Grandison (, Changhai Cui (, and Antonio Noronha (