NIDA sponsors Frontiers in Addiction Research at Annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Orlando

October 31, 2002

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is sponsoring a series of satellite symposia in conjunction with the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, to be held at the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando, Florida. A two-day NIDA mini convention Frontiers in Addiction Research will be held November 1 and 2, a symposium Neurobiology of Relapse will be held Tuesday, November 5, and a forum Minority Scholars: Research Accomplishments and Funding Opportunities at the National Institute on Drug Abuse will be held during the Neuroscience 2002 conference.

Frontiers in Addiction Research will bring together participants from a wide array of scientific disciplines to share advances and discuss future directions in the neuroscience of drug abuse and related areas. The symposia will run from 9:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 1 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 2.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, November 1Saturday, November 2As part of the agenda for Neuroscience 2002, NIDA is also sponsoring a symposium, Neurobiology of Relapse, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5 in Room 110A and B in the Orange County Convention Center. Dr. Glen Hanson, Acting NIDA Director, will lead the symposium. It will focus on the current state of knowledge about brain mechanisms underlying relapse to drug addiction, future directions for research, and implications for practice. The symposium will be followed by an opportunity to discuss these and other addiction-related issues with Dr. Hanson and other NIDA staff. In addition to Dr. Hanson, presentations will be made by Dr. Peter Kalivas, the Medical University of South Carolina; Dr. George Koob, the Scripps Research Institute; and Dr. Jane Stewart, Concordia University.

In conjunction with Neuroscience 2002, NIDA is hosting a forum, Minority Scholars: Research and Funding Opportunities at NIDA, at the Student Union on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 6. The forum is designed to encourage minority scholars to pursue biomedical careers and training in drug abuse research. The forum will showcase research accomplishments of scholars at various training levels, including faculty members affiliated with minority or majority institutions. Dr. Hanson, other NIDA staff, and NIDA-supported researchers will be present to interact with forum attendees and to discuss various grant-funding opportunities at NIDA. NIDA staffers Pushpa Thadani and Don Vereen are the symposium coordinators.
For more information on any of the NIDA events, or to arrange an interview with Dr. Hanson, call Michelle Person or Blair Gately in the NIDA Press Office at 301-443-6245.

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

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