Seventh Annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University

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KIVA Auditorium

Kent State University - Student Center

Kent, OH 44242

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The Neuroscience of the Addicted Brain

This symposium features internationally renowned neuroscientists presenting leading-edge research on mechanisms underlying an addicted brain. Neuroscience research at Kent State University is supported by over 35 faculty from numerous departments and disciplines. The keynote address will be Thursday evening and additional talks will take place on Friday. This event is free and open to the public. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for a small fee - $20.00 for the Thursday evening session (1 credit hour), $60.00 for each of the two Friday sessions (3 credit hours each). Pay by cash or check at the door. For additional information visit:

This event is being sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Brain Health Institute of Kent State University.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

7:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Elise Weerts, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

"Neuroimaging, genetic and pharmacological approaches towards understanding alcohol use disorder and its treatment"

8:15 p.m. Reception and Poster Session

Friday, April 5, 2019

Lique Coolen, Ph.D., Kent State Univerity

"The neural mechanisms by which social experiences influence vulnerability for drug addiction"

Francesca Filbey, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas

"What do we know about the effects of cannabis on the brain?"

Lance McMahon, Ph.D., University of Florida

"in vitro and in vivo parmacological mechanisms"

Devin Mueller, Ph.D., Kent State University

Kathryn Reissner, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"A role for astrocytes in the development of cacaine addiction"

Elise Weerts, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

"Modeling problem drinking in laboratory animals: reinforement, cues, and persistence of seeking behaviors"


Deadline for submission is midnight on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Questions should be directed to Anne Krieger,

Abstracts from any area of the Neurosciences are invited. The primary author will be notified by Tuesday, March 26, 2019, as to whether or not their abstract has been accepted.

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