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Topics in Addiction: Lasting Effects of Adolescent Stress: Changes in Physiology and Drug Behaviors

April 9, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Helen Kamens, PhD, Associate Professor Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development at Penn State, will present this month’s Topics in Addiction Seminar.

This talk will explore the impact of adolescent stress on opioid behaviors and the expression of miRNAs. Emphasis will be placed on how different types of stressors seem to play a significant role in

long-lasting behavioral changes, while miRNA expression appears to be influenced by various stressors.

This seminar will be held virtually and will be recorded.

To register, visit:

Topics in Addiction is the monthly gathering of the Penn State Addiction Center for Translation. Topics are presented in accessible ways to be inclusive of all, regardless of training or background. The program hopes to reach not only scientists, clinicians, and trainees at Penn State, but also everyone in the community with interests in addiction and its widespread implications on research, clinical work, medical education, policy, and the community

The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month during the academic year from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom, and sessions are recorded.

Questions or speaker and topic requests, or to be added to the Penn State Addiction Center mailing list, email Sarah at




Sarah Ballard

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