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  • The Addicted Brain and New Treatment Frontiers: Sixth Annual Aspen Brain Forum

    May 18 - 20, 2016
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by: The Aspen Brain Forum Foundation, Science Translational Medicine, and the New York Academy of Sciences

    Substance and alcohol-use disorders — characterized by continued, compulsive, stimulus-seeking behaviors despite serious negative physical, emotional, and social consequences — impose significant human health, economic, and legal burdens on society. Although research suggests that addiction is strongly related to neurobiological changes in the brain, implementation of neuroscience-based therapeutic strategies to address addiction is a relatively nascent development. As such, patients in need of treatment for addiction may not be receiving short- and long-term care that considers neurobiological, molecular, and/or genetic aspects of addiction.

    This 2.5-day conference will convene a multidisciplinary group of researchers, clinicians, government and industry representatives, and non-profit leaders to explore the latest scientific advances in the field of addiction, with the end goal of improving treatment. The event will feature sessions and presentations focused on the neural circuitry of addiction, neuroplasticity, the susceptibility of the developing adolescent brain, and new horizons for treatment strategies, and will draw on speakers from the fields of neuroscience, behavioral physiology/medicine, cognitive and clinical neuroimaging, pharmacogenetics, neurobiology, psychology, epigenetics, genetic medicine, criminal justice, policy, and economics.  The conference will conclude with a session dedicated to improving social and government policies so that neuroscience research can be more effectively applied to addiction treatment.

    The conference will begin with an evening public lecture and panel discussion, followed by a networking receptionScientific sessions over the next two days will feature keynote addresses from National Institute on Drug Abuse Director, Nora D. Volkow, MD and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Director, George F. Koob, PhD, along with two interactive poster sessions, invited lectures, and short Hot Topic presentations selected from submitted abstracts.

    Public Lecture Information

    Registration for this conference includes free access to the Public Lecture, Arrested Development: The Teenage Brain and Substance Abuse, and Reception on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. For information and registration to attend only the Public Lecture, please visit

    Registration Pricing

      By 4/18/2016 After 4/18/2016 Onsite
    Member $295 $350 $395
    Student/Postdoc Member $195 $250 $295
    Nonmember (Academia) $395 $450 $495
    Nonmember (Corporate) $495 $595 $650
    Nonmember (Non-profit) $395 $450 $495
    Nonmember (Student/Postdoc/Fellow) $220 $275 $320


    Registration includes a complimentary, one-year membership to the New York Academy of Sciences. Complimentary memberships are provided to non-members only and cannot be used to renew or extend existing or expiring memberships. A welcome email will be sent upon registration which will include your membership credentials.

    Webinar Pricing

    This event will also be broadcast as a webinar; registration is required.

    Please note: Transmission of presentations via the webinar is subject to individual consent by the speakers. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that every speaker's presentation will be broadcast in full via the webinar. To access all speakers' presentations in full, we invite you to attend the live event in New York City where possible.

      5/19/2016 5/20/2016 5/19 – 5/20/2016
    Member $75 $75 $145
    Student/Postdoc Member $40 $40 $90
    Nonmember (Academia) $100 $100 $195
    Nonmember (Corporate) $125 $125 $245
    Nonmember (Non-profit) $100 $100 $195
    Nonmember (Student/Postdoc/Fellow) $50 $50 $110


    Presented by

    • Aspen Brain Forum
    • AAAS Science Translational Medicine
    • NYAS