NIDA-NIAAA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research

Thursday & Friday, January 7 – 8, 2021 – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm


Below are the Mini-Convention recordings.

For information on the upcoming Mini-Convention on November 1-2, 2021 please visit: https://apps1.seiservices.com/nida-niaaa/frontiers2021/Default.aspx.

Mini-Convention Synopsis

The National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA] and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism [NIAAA] invite you to the annual 2020 NIDA-NIAAA Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-Convention*. The Mini-Convention was held as a 2-day virtual meeting on January 7-8, 2021. The annual NIDA-NIAAA Mini-Convention provides a forum for presentations and discussions of current topics in neuroscience and addiction research. Topics of significant or emerging scientific interest were presented as mini-symposia that describe current knowledge and the use of state-of-the-art approaches in pursuing research in select topic areas, and that enable additional discussion of the implications of the research. The Mini-Convention also showcases research by premier early stage and junior investigators working in the fields of alcohol and substance abuse and addiction research through the Early Career Investigator Showcase [ECIS] symposium. The highlight of the Mini-Convention is the keynote address presented by the recipient of the annual Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award. The Jacob P. Waletzky Award is given to a young scientist (within 15 years of his/her Ph.D. or MD degree) whose independent research has led to significant conceptual and empirical contributions to the understanding of drug addiction.
Two Mini-Symposia will be presented:

  1. Mapping the Addiction Neurocircuitry focused on the latest developments in molecular, optical and imaging tools for analyzing and engineering functional neural circuits.
  2. AI-based Approaches to Addiction Pathophysiology and Novel Therapeutics introduced novel AI-based approaches such as natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning/deep learning (ML/DL), and Bayesian networks (BN) that can be used to create big-data based phenotypic knowledgebases (kBs) and gain translational insight into the development of new treatments and biomarkers for addiction.

* This is the 2020 NIDA-NIAAA Mini-Convention that would have been held in October 2020 but has been rescheduled due to the pandemic.


The agenda for the Mini-Convention included:

  • Introduction and opening remarks by:
    • Nora Volkow, Director, NIDA
    • George Koob, Director, NIAAA
  • The 2020 Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award Lecture
  • Mini-symposium I: Mapping the Addiction Neurocircuitry
  • The Early Career Investigator Showcase [ECIS] symposium
  • Mini-Symposium II: AI-based Approaches to Addiction Pathophysiology and Novel Therapeutics

** Presented by the NIDA-NIAAA Neuroscience Workgroup