Symposium brings together researchers interested in fighting addiction

Penn State Addiction Center for Translation’s fourth annual Addiction Symposium will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 28, 2018, in the Junker Auditorium of Penn State College of Medicine.

The Penn State Addiction Symposium will explore the breadth of preclinical and clinical addiction research that is conducted across Penn State campuses. Penn State faculty and clinician scientists will present their work in the field of addiction via oral presentations and students, faculty and staff will present work via poster presentations.

At 9 a.m., featured faculty speaker Janet Welsh, PhD, Associate Research Professor in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State, will present “Promoting Evidence Based Programming to Prevent Substance Abuse in Pennsylvania.”

Over lunch, Capt. Jennifer Fan, JD, PharmD, Acting Deputy Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and SAMHSA’s Subject-Matter Expert on Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse, will deliver the keynote address.

During the rest of the day, faculty members and clinician/scientists will share their current addiction-related research using brief five- to 10-minute data blitz-style presentations, and students, postdocs and faculty members will have an opportunity to present their work in a poster session.

All are welcome. Register for the symposium or the keynote address here by Nov. 15, 2018. Lunch will be provided for those who register.

Abstract submission deadline is Oct. 17, 2018. To submit an abstract, or for other registration questions, email Sarah Ballard at

The goal of the event is to promote addiction as a critical topic of interest and facilitate its integration both within and across disciplines in the medical and basic science arena. The Addiction Center for Translation hopes to foster connections between and among researchers and clinicians to advance our understanding of the disease and to explore novel avenues for treatment.

The Symposium is supported in part by a grant from the Penn State Neuroscience Institute for the development of the Addiction Center for Translation, the Addiction Center for Translation, and Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

October 8, 2018 Penn State College of Medicine News

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