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NIDA-NIAAA 2018 Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research

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Media Advisory: Society for Neuroscience satellite meeting explores notable research in addiction ranging from data science to early life adversity impact on substance use disorders to opioid receptor function and pain

2018 Frontiers in Neuroscience Mini Convention November 3 to 7

What: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both part of the National Institutes of Health, will host a one-day mini convention, a satellite event of the 2018 Society of Neuroscience annual meeting. Researchers will present information on new tools to study data in the addiction research field, the impact of early life adversity on brain circuitry and substance use disorders as well as interactions between opioid receptor function in addiction and pain.


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


When:            Friday, November 2, 2018

                        8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PDT


Where:           San Diego Convention Center

                        Room 7A-B, 111 W Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101


Media Registration is Free. Please register here.


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



  • Session I: Data Science-New Paradigms for Addiction Research (8:40-10:10 a.m.) — an introduction and discussion of data science with respect to new approaches to study substance use research.
  • Keynote Presentation of the 2018 Society for Neuroscience Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award Winner (10:20-11:30 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 a.m.–1:00 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


  • Session II: Effects of Early Life Adversity on Substance Use Disorder-Related Circuitry (2:15-3:45 p.m.) — an exploration of early life adversity and stress on brain circuitry and how it may offer new insights into substance use disorders.


  • Session III: Novel Opioid Receptor Signaling in Addiction and Pain (3:55– 5:25 p.m.) — an understanding of opioid receptor function and its relationship with pain, tolerance and addiction.


Society for Neuroscience Press Conferences:


  • Neuroscience 2018 Press Conference: Opioids — Selected investigators discuss their current research with the media.

NIDA Presenter: Dr. Ida Fredriksson, NIDA Intramural Research Program.

Scientific Research Presentation: Incubation of oxycodone craving after conflict-induced voluntary abstinence

Tuesday November 6, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Press Conference Room 15A


  • NIH Press Conference — Science reporters will have the opportunity to discuss the opioid overdose epidemic, with a focus on pain research and the NIH HEAL Initiative.

NIDA Presenter: Dr. Antonello Bonci, NIDA Scientific Director and Director, NIDA Intramural Research Program.

Tuesday, November 6, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Press Conference Room 15A

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For more information on the NIDA-NIAAA Mini-Convention, visit Frontiers in Addiction Research. For more information on the 2018 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, held November 3-7, please visit the website of the Society of Neuroscience.

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