Day 1: November 1, 2022

11:00 – 11:10 am Introduction to the Mini-Convention
Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director, NIDA
George Koob, Ph.D., Director, NIAAA
11:10 – 12:10 pm Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award Lecture
Introduction by: Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director, NIDA

Moderated by: John Satterlee, Ph.D., NIDA

Ian Maze, Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine
Title: Novel Contributions of Protein Dopaminylation To Maladaptive Neuronal And Behavioral Plasticity Induced By Drugs of Abuse
12:10 pm-12:20 pm Break
12:20 pm– 1:50 pm Scientific Session I. Reprogramming Glia for Brain Recovery: A Potential Future SUD Therapy

Shang-Yi Anne Tsai, Ph.D., NIDA
Da-Yu Wu, Ph.D., NIDA


Chun-Li Zhang, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center
Title: Neural Regeneration Through Cell Fate Reprogramming in Vivo

Benedkt Berninger, Ph.D., King’s College London
Title: In Vivo Reprogramming Neural Cell fate by Proneural Factors in the Postnatal Cerebral Cortex

Marius Wernig, Ph.D., Stanford University
Title: Next Generation Cell Therapies for the Brain
1:50 pm – 3:20 pm Scientific Session II. Defining Mechanisms That Link Sleep with Substance and Alcohol Use Disorders

Sunila Nair, Ph.D., NIDA
Shailesh Kumar, Ph.D., NIAAA

Morgan James, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Title: Orexin System Plasticity in Response to Cocaine: Implications for Sleep

Rodrigo Espana, Ph.D., Drexel University
Title: Hypocretin Receptor 1 Regulates Dopamine Transporter Function and Cocaine Seeking

Rui Zhang, Ph.D., NIAAA IRP, NIH
Title: Slow Wave Sleep in Alcohol Use Disorder and the Brain Correlates

Brant P. Hasler, Ph.D., DBSM, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Title: Sleep and Circadian-Related Risk for Alcohol Use: Reward Function and Impulsivity as Putative Mechanisms

Day 2: November 2, 2022

11:00-11:15 am Day 2 Opening Remarks
Rita Valentino, Ph.D., NIDA DNB Director
Antonio Noronha, Ph.D., NIAAA DNB Director
11:15 am-12:45 pm Joint NIDAA-NIAAA Early Career Investigator Showcase

Sara Blaine, Ph.D., Auburn University
Title: Craving and Neuroimmune Conditioned Response to Alcohol Cues and Consumption Associated with Future Drinking in Binge Drinkers

Jessica Childs, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
Title: Relapse to Cocaine Self-Administration Is Regulated by Medial Habenula Nr4a2

Elizabeth Doncheck, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Title: Emerging Activity Dynamics and Noradrenergic Modulation of Prelimbic Cortical Neuronal Ensembles During Heroin Seeking

Yannick Fotio, PharmD, Ph.D., University of California-Irvine
Title: N-acylethanolamine Acid Amidase (NAAA): A New Molecular Target for The Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders

Rajtarun Madangopal, Ph.D., NIDA IRP
Title: In Vivo Labeling and Molecular Characterization of Cocaine Memory-Specific Active Neurons Using the Photo-Convertible Calcium Integrator CaMPARI2

Terril Verplaetse, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine
Title: In Vivo Imaging of Brain Cortisol Regulation in Alcohol Use Disorder

Marco Venniro, Ph.D., University of Maryland
Title: A Socio-sensory Mechanism Buffering Drug Choice
12:45 pm-1:00 pm Break
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Scientific Session III. Understanding Human Neurodevelopment Amid a Broader Social Context

Vani Pariyadath, Ph.D., NIDA
Elizabeth Hoffman, Ph.D., NIDA


Cynthia Rogers, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine
Title: Assessing the Role of Social Determinants of Health on Early Brain Development in Racially Diverse Cohorts

Marybel Gonzalez, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Title: Positive Biopsychosocial Ecologies Related to Human Neurodevelopment

Cortney Simmons, Ph.D., Yale University
Title: Classifying Conduct Disorder Using a Biopsychosocial Model and Machine Learning Method

Chandra Sripada, MD., Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Title: Socioeconomic Resources are Associated with Distributed Alterations of the Brain’s Intrinsic Functional Architecture in Youth
2:30 pm Closing Remarks