NIDA-NIAAA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research

Monday, November 1, 2021 11:00 am - 3:25 pm ET
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 11:00 am – 3:00 pm ET


Below are the Mini-Convention recordings.

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 2021 NIDA-NIAAA Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-Convention*. The Mini-Convention will be held as a 2-day virtual meeting on November 1-2, 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. 


The agenda for the Mini-Convention will include:

  • Day 1
    • Introduction and opening remarks by:
      • Nora Volkow, Director, NIDA
      • George Koob, Director, NIAAA
    • The 2021 Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award Lecture
    • Mini-symposium I: Brain, Behavior and Environment as a Complex System in SUD/AUD
    • Poster Session (GatherTown)
  • Day 2
    • The Early Career Investigator Showcase (ECIS) symposium
    • Mini-Symposium II: Novel Approaches to Studying Social Cognition in Addiction
    • Mini-Symposium III: Harnessing Single Cell Technologies to Understand Addiction Mechanisms and Develop New Therapeutic Targets

* Presented by the NIDA-NIAAA Neuroscience Workgroup