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College of Medicine hosts Addiction Symposium

Penn State Addiction Center for Translation will host the Eighth Annual Penn State Addiction Symposium on Dec. 6, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This event is being held as a hybrid event, with limited in-person and virtual attendance options available.

The free event is open to clinicians, researchers, faculty, staff, students and community members. Whether attending in-person or virtually, registration is required. The in-person event will occur at Penn State College of Medicine’s in University Conference Center in Hershey. Reservations to attend the in-person event should be made by emailing

The symposium highlights substance use research, treatment, education and community engagement from all Penn State campuses and Penn State Addiction Center for Translation community partners. The symposium includes keynote addresses by Greg Williams, MS, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and addiction treatment policy expert from the Alliance of Addiction Payment Reform. Below is the agenda for the event:

9:10 a.m. – “Using Storytelling to Humanize and Empower Addiction Recovery”

Featuring clips from three documentaries— The Anonymous People, Generation Found, and Tipping the Pain Scale — the presentation provides insight into the power of storytelling to address the challenges of addiction.

Noon – “Moving from Fee-For-Service to Value-based Care for Substance Use Disorders”

Health care financing continues to transform toward value-based purchasing and population health management frameworks. However, nearly all specialty mental health and addiction treatment and recovery services in the U.S. remain in fee-for-service structures, despite being widely recognized as chronic illnesses and inextricably linked to physical health outcomes. This will present a vision for what the transition to value looks like in the addiction field and how services should be purchased and financed in the future.

1:10 p.m. – “Brain Regions and Neurocircuits Regulating Symptoms Associated with Opioid Use Disorder”

Presented by Nicholas Graziane, PhD, assistant professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at Penn State College of Medicine

The rest of the day will include data blitz talks with faculty and students from Penn State and Penn State Health, sharing their current research on addiction and addiction-related topics.

Continuing education credits are available. For more information, visit the symposium website.


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