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Linking Affect to Action

Linking Affect to Action

Sunday, March 11, 2007 - Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by the New York Academy of Sciences


The past five years have seen intense research on orbitofrontal function. Driven by connections between this region and limbic, striatal and prefrontal networks, this effort has defined functions of orbitofrontal cortex in the context of these different circuits and implicated orbitofrontal dysfunction in addiction, aging, depression, mania and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Yet despite an enormous increase in our knowledge about this region, we do not have an account of the critical contribution the orbitofrontal cortex makes across these different circuits. The goal of this conference is to delineate the role of the orbitofrontal cortex across these networks and to discuss implications of orbitofrontal dysfunction in addiction, aging, and psychiatric disorders.

This conference will bring together scientists, clinicians, and researchers from the United States and abroad who work in the areas of neurobiology, anatomy, psychiatry, psychology, neuroimaging, physiology, and pharmacology that relate to the structure and function of the orbitofrontal cortex. This forum will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas, address controversial issues and develop new approaches and collaborations. Over three days, the topics to be addressed include:

  • - The definition of orbitofrontal cortex across species
  • - The role of orbitofrontal cortex in chemosensory function
  • - Associative learning, and response inhibition
  • - The importance of connections to limbic, striatal, and prefrontal regions
  • - The role of orbitofrontal cortex in disease

Scientific Organizing Committee

Jay A. Gottfried, MD, PhD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Elisabeth A. Murray
, PhD, National Institute of Mental Health
Seth J. Ramus
, PhD, Bowdoin College
Geoffrey Schoenbaum
, MD, PhD, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Sponsored by

  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • The National Institute on Aging
  • The National Institute of Mental Health
  • The National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke at The National Institutes of Health
  • Autism Speaks
  • Bowdoin College
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Coulbourn Instruments
  • Plexon
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • AstraZeneca

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