Brookhaven Lab Chemist to Discuss 'Imaging Drug Addiction' at Harborfields Public Library, June 28

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UPTON, NY - David Schlyer, a chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, will give a talk titled "Imaging Drug Addiction" on Thursday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Harborfields Public Library. Sponsored by the Science Club of Long Island, the talk is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Call the library at 631 757-4200 to register.

Using medical imaging techniques, Brookhaven scientists have gained new insights about the nature of drug addiction and the possibility of more effective prevention and treatments of the chronic disease. Schlyer will show brain scans of drug abusers and non-users. He will discuss the question: Do drug abusers' brains look different because of drug use, or do they use drugs because their brains are different than non-users' brains? Research at Brookhaven Lab is providing clues that may definitively answer the question.

David Schlyer earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of California, San Diego, in 1976, and started his career at Brookhaven Lab in that same year. He left the Lab in 1981 to work first as a corporate research chemist and then as chair of a hospital department. He returned to Brookhaven in 1985 to develop new detector and scanning technology for medical imaging. Schlyer is also adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at Stony Brook University.

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