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NIH Public Bulletin – May 2010

Addiction Science Research Track at American Psychiatric Association Meeting

When: May 22–26, 2010
Where: New Orleans, LA
Institute: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

At the upcoming American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in New Orleans, NIDA is sponsoring a number of symposia on topics unique to addiction science. NIDA's special research track will highlight topics ranging from innovative technological advances, such as the use of optogenetics and epigenetic research to elucidate the basic mechanisms underlying addictive behaviors, to the translation of new knowledge into better prevention and treatments for drug use disorders. Special emphasis is given to sessions touching upon circuits in the brain that are involved in both addiction and other mental illness.

In addition, symposia and lectures will highlight areas critical to psychiatric practice, including the unique issues facing military personnel and their families, the important clinical overlap of smoking with psychiatric disorders, development of medications for addiction, the commonalities between obesity and addiction, the potential therapeutic effects and abuse of cognitive enhancers, and novel approaches to stop the spread of HIV.

Next Steps

For more information about the NIDA research track, contact Jane Smither at or (301) 443-6071.

This page last reviewed on October 19, 2012

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