What: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, will host a one-day mini convention, a satellite event of the 2017 Society of Neuroscience annual meeting. NIDA and NIAAA grantees will present on treatment approaches for substance use disorders while exploring the functions of the immune and nervous systems, as well as the impact of social stressors on brain development and addiction.

 Frontiers in Addiction Research, shows a brain model

Why: Scientists from around the world explore and discuss the latest research in the field of addiction neuroscience.

When:  Friday, November 10, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room 207A
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Media Registration is Free. Please register by email

NIDA-NIAAA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research Event Highlights:

  • Introduction and Opening Remarks (8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.)  remarks by NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow and NIAAA Director Dr. George F. Koob
  • The Role of Astrocytes in Nervous System function (8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.) — understanding techniques and approaches for studying astrocytes in neurological disorders and behavior
  • Keynote Presentation of the 2017 Society for Neuroscience Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award Winner (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) – keynote speech from this year’s scientist recognized for innovative research on substance use or addiction and the nervous system. Past-year awardees can be found on the Society for Neuroscience Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award page.
  • NIDA-NIAAA Early Career Investigator Showcase (11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – an opportunity for early career investigators to discuss their research findings and interests with NIDA and NIAAA staff, training directors, and other substance use researchers
  • Social Stressors, Immune Response and Substance Use Disorders (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) — exploration of stress reactivity and immune function in brain development, addiction and depression
  • Novel Approaches for Translational Research and Drug Discovery (3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.) — an overview of innovative treatment approaches for substance use disorders and mental illness

Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Event Highlights:

  • Sleuthing Out NIH Grant Opportunities for Fellows, Scholars and Early Career Investigators 
    November 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Room 152A
  • NIH Press Conference –Science reporters will have the opportunity to discuss new programs, initiatives, and research advances in neuroscience with NIH Institute Directors.
    November 14, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Press Conference Room 202B
    For more information, contact: 301-443-4536; NIMHpress@nih.gov

For more information on the Mini-Convention, visit Frontiers in Addiction Research. For more information on the 2017 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, please visit Society of Neuroscience