2017 NIDA-NIAAA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research

The Sciences of Astrocytes, Stress Response, and Translational Research

Friday, November 10, 2017
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Rm 207A
Washington, DC

Three scientific sessions will explore: 1) techniques and approaches for studying astrocytes in neurological disorders and behavior; 2) stress reactivity and immune function in brain development, addiction, and depression; and 3) approaches towards treatment of substance abuse disorders and mental illness.


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8:00 – 8:10 a.m. Introduction and Opening Remarks
Rita Valentino, Ph.D., NIDA and Antonio Noronha, Ph.D., NIAAA
George Koob, Ph.D. Director, NIAAA and Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director, NIDA
8:10 – 10:10 a.m. Session I. Understanding the Role of Astrocytes in Nervous System Function
Chairs: Roger Sorensen, Ph.D., NIDA and Anne Tsai, Ph.D., NIDA
  1. Baljit Khakh, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles - biography
    Astrocyte Structure/Microcircuitry and Function
  2. Kathryn Reissner, Ph.D., University of North Carolina - biography
    Astrocyte-mediated Mechanisms of Cocaine Seeking
  3. Congwu Du, Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook - biography
    Cocaine: Neuronal, Vascular and Glial Effect
  4. Alfonzo Araque, Ph.D., University Minnesota - biography
    Dopamine-evoked Synaptic Regulation in the Brain Reward System Requires Astrocyte Activity
10:10 – 10:20 a.m. Break
10:20 – 11:40 a.m. Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award Lecture
Chair: Nora Volkow, M.D., NIDA and George Koob, Ph.D., NIAAA

Garret D. Stuber, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – biography
Dissecting the Neural Circuits that Mediate Motivated Behaviors
Karen Ersche, Ph.D., University of Cambridge – biography
Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way: The Changing Faces of Drug Addiction
11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Joint NIDA-NIAAA Early Career Investigator Showcase [ECIS]
Chair: John Matochik, Ph.D., NIAAA and Roger Little, Ph.D., NIDA
12:40 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Session II. Social Stressors, Immune Response and Substance Use Disorders
Chairs: Da-Yu Wu, Ph.D., NIDA and Soundar Regunathan, Ph.D., NIAAA
  1. Susan Andersen, Ph.D., McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School - biography
    The Effects of Stress on the Developing Prefrontal Cortex: Parallels Between Humans and Animals and How Stress, Immune Dysfunction, and Timing Influence Psychiatric Disorders and Addiction.
  2. Nicholas Gilpin, Ph.D., LSU School of Medicine - biography
    Endocannabinoid (eCB) Regulation of Escalated Alcohol Drinking after Stress & Withdrawal
  3. Jeffrey Weiner, Ph.D., Wake Forest School of Medicine - biography
    Adolescent Social Isolation: A Rodent Model of Vulnerability to Alcohol Use Disorder and Comorbid Anxiety/Stressor Disorders
  4. Scott Russo, Ph.D., Mount Sinai - biography
    Influence of the Immune System on Reward Circuitry: Implications for Addiction and Depression.
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 – 5:45 p.m. Session III. Novel Approaches for Translational Research and Drug Discovery
Chairs: Changhai Cui, Ph.D., NIAAA and Steve Grant, Ph.D., NIDA
  1. Lihong Wang, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology - biography
    Photoacoustic Tomography: Omniscale Imaging from Organelles to Patients by Ultrasonically Beating Optical Diffusion
  2. Sarah H. Lisanby, Ph.D., National Institute of Mental Health - biography
    Non-invasive Brain Stimulation for Clinical Research and Treatment
  3. Christopher Evans, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles - biography
    Circuitry Involved in Opioid Reinforcement and Aversive States.
  4. Adron Harris, Ph.D., University Texas at Austin - biography
    Connecting Gene Networks to Drug Discovery for Alcohol use Disorders
5:45 – 6:00 p.m. Discussion and Wrap-up
George Koob, Ph.D., NIAAA and Nora Volkow, M.D., NIDA
6:00 p.m. Adjournment