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Fifth Annual Penn State Addiction Symposium

December 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

A group of researchers is seen standing around a set of academic posters. Smaller groups are in discussion with one another.

Penn State Addiction Center for Translation‘s fifth annual Penn State Addiction Symposium is designed to familiarize attendees with the many groups studying and treating addiction across Penn State and to consider this work within the context of the state and the nation.

Participants will learn about the breadth of preclinical and clinical addiction research going on at Penn State and build opportunities for collaboration though brief five- to 10-minute data-blitz-style faculty presentations; a poster session for students, postdocs, staff and faculty; and a keynote address from nationally recognized experts in substance use.

The tentative schedule for the day is:

  • 8:15 a.m.: Check-in begins
  • 9 a.m.: Welcome
  • 9:15 a.m.: Featured Penn State addiction researcher Yuval Silberman, PhD, will present “Stress Neurocircuitry and Addiction Across the Lifespan”
  • 10 a.m.: Faculty presentations
  • Noon: Keynote address, “Applying Science to Clinical Care – What it Really Means to Treat Addiction as a Chronic Illness,” by Drs. Yngvild Olsen and Joshua Sharfstein (learn more about the keynote address here)
  • 1 p.m.: Poster session
  • 2:30 p.m.: Faculty presentations
  • 4 p.m.: General discussion and closing remarks

Lunch will be provided for those who register by Dec. 3, 2019; late registrations are welcome, but food cannot be guaranteed after that date.

Abstracts are being accepted for the poster and data blitz/faculty presentation sessions. To submit an abstract, email it to PSACT@pennstatehealth.psu.edu by Oct. 14, 2019. Those who are accepted will be notified during the first week of November.

Abstract submissions must include:

  • Title
  • Names and affiliations of all authors
  • An indication of the presenting author
  • The presenting author’s email address
  • Approximately 250 words outlining the work

All abstracts will be printed in the event program.

Those interested in attending either the full symposium or the keynote address/lunch should register online here by Dec. 3, 2019.


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