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March meeting covers translational research in addiction
Date:2/24/2012

SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 24, 2012) Young people starting out in addiction research will get a turbo-boost to their careers March 3-4 at an annual conference that puts them face to face with internationally recognized addiction researchers and clinicians.

The conference, "Behavior, Biology & Chemistry: Translational Research in Addiction," is organized by The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. This year's event, the fourth annual, will take place at La Quinta Inn and Suites, 4431 Horizon Hill, San Antonio, Texas 78229.

"One goal of this meeting is to give young people a low-threshold opportunity to present their research to a world-class audience and to provide an intimate venue for scientists to discuss their research," said Charles France, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center. "We typically have 150 attendees who come from as far away as Brazil and Japan. We work especially hard to recruit underrepresented minorities to this meeting."

NIH grant funds students' travel

A grant from the National Institutes of Health is paying full travel stipends for 26 young people from around the U.S. to attend and present their data at the meeting. The lineup of exceptional lecturers includes Phil Skolnick, Ph.D., D.Sc. (hon.), from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and David Nichols, Ph.D., an internationally recognized medicinal chemist and distinguished chair in pharmacology from Purdue University.

The meeting also cultivates new scientific initiatives in addiction and sparks directions for development of new medications and research tools. The plenary symposium session will be a panel discussion about a substance called corticotrophin-releasing factor and its impact on relapse to drug taking.

Additional information about program topics and speakers is at http
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Contact: Will Sansom
sansom@uthscsa.edu
210-567-2579
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Source:Eurekalert

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