Cellular Biology of Addiction (Cambridge, UK)
July 29 - August 5, 2018
Application Deadline: May 18, 2018


David Belin, University of Cambridge, UK
Antonello Bonci, National Institute of Drug Abuse, USA
Christopher Evans, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Brigitte Kieffer, Douglas Research Centre at McGill University, Montreal, Canada

See the roll of honor - who's taken the course in the past

Drug addiction is the most costly neuropsychiatric disorder faced by our nation. Acute and repeated exposure to drugs produces neuroadaption and long-term memory of the experience, but the cellular and molecular processes involved are only partially understood. The primary objective of the proposed workshop is to provide an intense dialogue of the fundamentals, state-of-the-art advances and major gaps in the cell and molecular biology of drug addiction.Targeted to new or experienced investigators, the workshop will combine formal presentations and informal discussions to convey the merits and excitement of cellular and molecular approaches to drug addiction research. With the advent of genomics and proteomics, an extraordinary opportunity now exists to develop comprehensive models of neuroadaptative processes fundamental to addiction, withdrawal, craving, and relapse to drug use and to brain function, in general. A range of disciplines and topics will be represented, including noninvasive brain imaging to identify drug targets and adaptive processes; neuroadaptative processes at the molecular and cellular level, neural networks and their modulation, the relevance of genotype to susceptibility and drug response; tolerance and adaptation at the cellular level and approaches to exploiting the daunting volume generated by neuroinformatics. This workshop will provide an integrated view of current and novel research on neuroadaptive responses to addiction, foster discussion on collaboration and integration, provide critical information needed to construct a model of addiction as a disease and novel molecular targets for biological treatments. Beyond the plane of scientific endeavor, the information is vital for formulating public policy and for enlightening the public on the neurobiological consequences of drug use and addiction. The workshop is designed to generate interest in this level of analysis, open conduits for collaborations and present novel routes to investigating the neurobiology of addictive drugs.

2018 Speakers:
Benjamin  Boutrel, Lausanne University Hospital
Michael R Bruchas, Washington University, St. Louis, School of Medicine
Joseph Cheer, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Barry J. Everitt, University of Cambridge
Peter W. Kalivas, Medical University of South Carolina
Paul J Kenny, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Hedy  Kober, Yale University
George  Koob, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 
Aashish  Manglik, University of California, San Francisco
Barbara  Mason, The Scripps Research Institute
Marisela  Morales, National Institute on Drug Abuse, USA
Marina  Picciotto, Yale University
Trevor  Robbins, University of Cambridge
Rainer  Spanagel, Central Institute of Mental Health
Garret D Stuber, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mark  Von Zastrow, University of California - San Francisco

The course will be held at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, UK. All participants stay within walking distance of the Stephen Hawking Building where the lectures will be held, and in close proximity to Gonville & Caius Old Courts and the center of Cambridge.

We anticipate this course will be partially supported with funds provided by the US National Institute of Drug Abuse

Stipends and financial aid are available - see above

Cost (including board and lodging): $2710  (payable to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

No fees are due until you have completed the full application process and are accepted into the course. Students accepted into the course should plan to arrive on the evening of Sunday July 29, and depart by lunchtime on Sunday August 5

Before applying, ensure you have 1) Personal statement/essay; 2) Letter(s) of recommendation; 3) Curriculum vitae/resume (optional); 4) Financial aid request (optional). More details

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