Keynote Speakers: The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy (Former United States Representative, Rhode Island; Co-Founder, One Mind; and Founder, Kennedy Forum), George F. Koob (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. National Institutes of Health), and Nora D. Volkow (National Institute on Drug Abuse, U.S. National Institutes of Health)Presented by the Aspen Brain Forum, Science Translational Medicine, and the New York Academy of Sciences
Reported by Carina Storrs | Posted December 13, 2016
Teenagers and people in their early 20s face the highest risk of using drugs and becoming addicted. At the same time, substance use disorders could have the greatest harms in this age group. Studies suggest that young people who are heavy alcohol drinkers and marijuana users could have reductions in brain volume and impaired cognitive performance.
The Sixth Annual Aspen Brain Forum convened on May 18–20, 2016. It focused on the neural underpinnings of addiction in general, and why adolescents could face an elevated risk of substance use disorders. Scientists, policy makers, and representatives from the criminal justice system explained the devastating impact that drug use and addiction, both for legal drugs such as alcohol and illicit drugs such as cocaine, have on individual behavior and society.
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Presentations available from:
Meaghan Creed, PhD (University of Geneva)
Thomas Eissenberg, PhD (Virginia Commonwealth University)
David R. Gastfriend, MD (Treatment Research Institute; American Society of Addiction Medicine)
Yasmin Hurd, PhD (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital)
Thomas L. Kash, PhD (University of North Carolina School of Medicine)
Peter W. Kalivas, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina)
Patrick J. Kennedy (One Mind; Kennedy Forum)
George F. Koob, PhD (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. National Institutes of Health)
David M. Lovinger, PhD (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. National Institutes of Health)
Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital)
Susan F. Tapert, PhD (University of California San Diego; Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System)
Rachel F. Tyndale (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; University of Toronto)
Nora D. Volkow, MD (National Institute on Drug Abuse, U.S. National Institutes of Health) Any reference to NIDA or the NIH, or Dr. Volkow, should not be viewed as an endorsement of The New York Academy of Sciences, its products, or services.
Susan R. B. Weiss, PhD (National Institute on Drug Abuse, U.S. National Institutes of Health)
How to cite this eBriefing
The New York Academy of Sciences. The Addicted Brain and New Treatment Frontiers: Sixth Annual Aspen Brain Forum. Academy eBriefings. 2016. Available at: www.nyas.org/addiction2016-eB