From the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), this is an all-day conference on the role of the neuroimmune system in addiction neurobiology.
The field of psychoneuroimmunology has been around for a couple of decades (the term was coined in 1975 Robert Ader and Nicholas Cohen at the University of Rochester), but we are only now beginning to really grasp the implications of immune system function of mental health.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
The purpose of this workshop is to highlight recent progress in the understanding of neuroimmune mechanisms contributing to brain function and alcohol use disorders. It will bring together scientists from both alcohol and other research fields to highlight recent science advances, identify research gaps, and discuss possible challenges in this area.
8:30 AM - Welcome/Opening Remarks - George Koob, Ph.D., Director, NIAAA
8:40 AM - Introduction: Neuroimmune, Brain Function, and Alcohol Use Disorders - Changhai Cui, Ph.D., Program Director, Division of Neuroscience and Behavior, NIAAA
8:50 AM - Neuroimmune regulation in alcohol consumption: from gene to behavior - Adron Harris, Ph.D., Director, Waggoner Center for Alcohol & Addiction Research, University of Texas at Austin
9:20 AM - Mechanisms of Ethanol Activation of Neuroimmune Signaling and Neurodegeneration - Fulton Crews, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Director, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
9:50 AM - Innate Immune Factors Modulate Ethanol Interaction with GABAergic Transmission in the Central Amygdala - Marisa Roberto, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Committee On The Neurobiology Of Addictive Disorders, Scripps Research Institute
10:20 AM - Break
10:35 AM - Microglia in learning dependent synaptic remodeling - Wen-Biao Gan, Ph.D., Professor, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, New York University
11:05 AM - Neural-glial interactions in addiction: modulation by early-life experience - Staci Bilbo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology & Neuroscience, Arts & Sciences, Duke University
11:35 AM - Immune signaling, emotions/stress, and addiction - Rajita Sinha, Ph.D., Director of Interdisciplinary Stress Center, Yale University School of Medicine
12:05 PM - Lunch Break
1:05 PM - Panel Discussion - Antonio Noronha, Ph.D., Director of Division of Neuroscience and Behavior, NIAAA - Panelists: Drs. Dorit Ron, Kathy Grant, Cynthia Kane, Dipak Sarkar, Gyongi Szabo
2:05 PM - Closing Remarks