NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow to Discuss
New Data Showing Similarities in the Processes Underlying
Craving for Food and Drugs
News Briefing and Symposium at AAAS Annual Meeting
in San Francisco
At the 2007 annual meeting of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the director of
the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the
National Institutes of Health, Dr. Nora D. Volkow will
take part in a symposium featuring world-renowned neuroscientists
presenting the recent advances in brain-imaging that have
revolutionized our understanding of addiction as a chronic
disease. The addiction symposium is sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory,
and will be preceded by an AAAS news briefing highlighting
key speakers and findings.
Dr. Volkow will discuss the possible commonalities between
drug addiction and obesity. She will compare studies on
the brain dopamine responses in addicted subjects to those
that had previously been found in food-deprived subjects.
Her remarks will highlight the similarities in the responses
of the dopamine system of an addicted person and that of
a healthy control under conditions of food deprivation.
||The news briefing will feature brief presentations
followed by a
Thursday, February 15, 2007
1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time
AAAS Briefing Room, Nikko Ballroom III
Third floor Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, CA
|| Friday, February 16, 2007
8:30 — 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time
Hilton San Francisco, Ballroom Level, Continental Ballroom
Bio sketches of the panelists and speaker abstracts are available
|| For onsite interviews with Dr. Nora Volkow,
call Sharan Jayne at 202 365-5646. Prior to the conference,
she can be reached in the NIDA offices at 301 594 6141.
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