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    29 February - 1 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.

2020 Featured Speakers


Roland R Griffiths, PhD

Topic: Psilocybin: history, neuropharmacology, and implications for treatment of drug addiction and other psychiatric disorders


Bruce E Blough, PhD

Topic: The evolution of releaser stimulants from natural products to bath salts

Plenary Symposium

Sex Differences in Addiction

Substance use is common among both males and females; however, mounting evidence suggests that biologic sex can impact the age of onset, trajectory, and severity of substance use disorders. This symposium brings together leading experts in the field to discuss the importance of studying sex as a biological variable in substance use disorder, as well as cutting-edge research into sex-related differences in the abuse-related effects of opioids, cannabinoids, stimulants, and nicotine. Ultimately, this symposium aims to highlight key sex-related differences in the behavioral and neurobiological effects of abused drugs, and demonstrate how this information can be exploited to develop novel and effective pharmacotherapies for substance use disorders.


Symposium Speakers


Cora Lee Wetherington, PhD

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Sex as a biological variable in addiction research: past, present and future and why it matters


Rebecca M Craft, PhD

Washington State University

Sex differences in behavioral effects of opioids and cannabinoids


Suzette M Evans, PhD

Columbia University

Sex differences in the behavioral responses to drugs of abuse: translational evidence from human and non-human primate laboratory studies


Sherry A McKee, PhD

Yale University

Considering sex differences in treatment development for smoking