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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
CONTACT:
Michelle Person
or Blair Gately
(301) 443-6245

NIDA to Host Two-Day Neuroscience Symposium to Honor the Late Dr. Roger Brown

WHAT: "Foundations and Innovations in the Neuroscience of Addiction," a two-day symposium dedicated to the memory of Dr. Roger Brown, Associate Director of Neuroscience in the Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
WHY: For more than 20 years, the late Dr. Roger Brown was instrumental in fostering the development of cutting edge neuroscience research in the area of drug abuse and addiction. The programs he helped develop have made seminal contributions to our current understanding of neurobiological substrates for reinforcing effects of drugs of abuse, the transition to compulsive, uncontrollable patterns of use, and events that trigger relapse.
WHO: The National Institute on Drug Abuse has organized the symposium. Nobel laureate Dr. Arvid Carlsson will deliver a keynote address. In addition, more than 20 prominent scientists studying motivation and reward, cognition, neurotoxicity, pain and analgesia, and neuroplasticity will highlight contemporary findings from cutting-edge research in the neuroscience of drug abuse and addiction.
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14 -Thursday, May 15, 2003
WHERE: Natcher Auditorium
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
on the Campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports more than 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to ensure the rapid dissemination of research information and its implementation in policy and practice. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs of abuse and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found on the NIDA home page at http://www.drugabuse.gov.


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