For release: Monday, February 5, 2007; stories embargoed until February 15, 2007, 1 p.m. Pacific Time.
February 12, 2007
EVENT:At the 2007 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a panel of world-renowned neuroscientists will present recent advances in brain-imaging that have revolutionized our understanding of addiction as a chronic disease. The addiction symposium is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, and will be preceded by a AAAS news briefing highlighting key speakers and findings.
News Briefing - Thursday, February 15, 2007, 1-2 p.m. Pacific Time, AAAS Briefing Room, Nikko Ballroom III, 3rd floor Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, CA
Symposium - Friday, February 16, 2007, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time, Hilton San Francisco, Ballroom Level, Continental Ballroom 6. This symposium will be webcast live on Friday. 8:15 a.m. Pacific Time (11:15 a.m. Eastern).
NOTE: Post-embargo one-on-one phone interviews available with prior scheduling. Call Karen McNulty Walsh at (631) 344-8350, Peter Genzer at (631) 344-3174, or Dennis Tartaglia or Kelly Peterson at (212) 481-7000.
DETAILS: Drug abuse is one of the world's most challenging public health problems, causing great human suffering and taking a tremendous societal toll with a cost of $484 billion per year in the United States alone. Fortunately, recent scientific advances have revolutionized our understanding of addiction as a chronic disease, with dramatic implications for improving prevention and treatment. Some of the greatest advances have come from cross-disciplinary teams using sophisticated brain-imaging technologies to reveal the mechanisms underlying the reinforcing, addictive, and toxic properties of drugs. Leaders in this field will present new findings on the neurological mechanisms and consequences of addiction, as well as new treatment strategies.
SPEAKERS: The news briefing on February 15 will feature brief presentations followed by a Q&A session with:
The above speakers will expand on their remarks at the February 16 symposium, which will be moderated by Fritz Henn, M.D., Ph.D., Brookhaven Lab's Associate Laboratory Director for Life Sciences. The symposium will feature additional presentations by:
At the symposium, a discussion and Q&A session on the scientific, societal, and public policy implications of this research will be led by:
Background materials will be available to journalists registered with EurekAlert! in the AAAS electronic newsroom (http://www.eurekalert.org/aaasnewsroom/2007/index.php) on February 12, 2006. Biographical sketches and speaker abstracts are also available at: http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/pubaf/pr/addictionSymposium.asp
Information presented at the news briefing and symposium is embargoed until 1 p.m. Pacific Time on February 15, 2007.
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