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    Omni Colonnade

  • DATE

    2-3 March

About Event

This two-day virtual conference focuses on translational aspects of addiction research among chemists, biologists, and behavioral scientists. The diversity of participants and attendees at this meeting (undergraduate students to senior faculty, chemists to psychiatrists) provides a unique venue for networking among different disciplines and in so doing promotes new and innovative approaches to medications development in addictions biology. The meeting provides a stimulating environment for young scientists who are strongly encouraged to present their work and interact with senior scientists. The BBC meeting has served as a “launch pad” for many young, innovative investigators to join the ever-growing world of SUD research.

2019 Featured Speakers


Stephen M Husbands, PhD

Topic: The orvinols and close analogs: from opioid maintenance to relapse prevention


Alan Frazer, PhD

Topic: Making it in modern science


Sharon L Walsh, PhD

Topic: The opioid crisis: leveraging science to change hearts and minds

Plenary Symposium

Imaging Addiction

Drug addiction is a chronic disorder characterized by compulsive drug use that is thought to arise from, and induce, dysregulation in brain circuits important for reward, motivation, and memory. Imaging techniques provide a powerful approach to studying the effects of drugs on the brain, and this symposium brings together leading experts on the use of postmortem analysis of human brain tissue, multi-modal in vivo optical imaging, positron emission tomography (PET), and functional MRI to better define the antecedents and consequences of substance use disorders.


Symposium Speakers


Deborah C Mash, PhD

Mapping cocaine addiction circuitry in postmortem human brain


Congwu Du, PhD

Advanced optical imaging of the neurotoxic and functional consequences of cocaine self-administration in rats


David Matuskey, PhD

Utilizing PET to image neurotransmitter systems in substance abuse


Nelly Alia-Klein, PhD

Imaging disease and recovery in addicted individuals