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NIDA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research

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November 06, 2014

Society for Neuroscience satellite meeting explores innovative brain science, including dynamic chemical communications; stunning imaging technologies; drug use and brain toxicity and the therapeutic potential of RNA

Society for Neuroscience satellite meeting

What: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, will host its annual one-day mini-convention, a satellite event of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. NIDA-supported scientists will present recent findings and discuss future directions in neuroscience and addiction research.

Why: To bring together scientists from around the world to explore the latest research in the field of addiction neuroscience.

When: Friday, November 14, 2014
8 a.m. – 5:50 p.m.

Where: Natcher Auditorium (Building 45)
National Institutes of Health Campus
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Md.

Media Registration is Free. Please email cdudevoir@seiservices.com. Badges can be picked up at the registration desk. 

Event Highlights:

  • Emerging and Novel Aspects of Neuronal Transmission – an exploration of how a neuron does not release a single, or necessarily the same, neurotransmitter throughout development -- and implications for drug use and addiction.
  • Extracellular RNAs in Neuroscience: Biology, Biomarkers, and Therapeutics – a broad introduction into the basic biology of extracellular, non-coding RNAs and their potential as biomarkers and therapeutic delivery agents.
  • Advances in High Resolution and Large Scale Imaging of Brain Networks and Circuits – describes cutting edge imaging technologies to understand the functions of brain circuits and networks.
  • The Effect of Drug-, Stress-, and Pain-induced Neuroinflammation on Glymphatics and Sleep – explores how pain, stress, and drug use can cause or worsen inflammation of brain tissue, which affects sleep, and can eventually impair glymphatics - the cleansing of harmful toxins from the brain during sleep.
  • Drug Abuse and Neuroscience Research Poster Session – an opportunity for early career investigators to discuss their research findings and interests with NIDA staff, training directors, and other drug abuse researchers.
  • Keynote Presentations of the 2013 and 2014 Society for Neuroscience Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial AwardWinners – lectures from scientists recognized by NIDA for innovative research on substance use or addiction. Past-year awardees can be found here: http://www.sfn.org/Awards-and-Funding/Individual-Prizes-and-Fellowships/Outstanding-Research-and-Career-Awards/Jacob-P-Waletzky-Award#tabs-3.

For more information on the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, please visit

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About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy, improve practice, and advance addiction science. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at www.drugabuse.gov, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to drugpubs@nida.nih.gov. Online ordering is available at drugpubs.drugabuse.gov. NIDA’s media guide can be found at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/dear-journalist, and its easy-to-read website can be found at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov. You can follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook.

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NIDA. (2014, November 6). NIDA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2014/11/nida-mini-convention-frontiers-in-addiction-research

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