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2021 Symposium Program

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2021 Symposium Program

Thursday, October 21, 2021

All times are in Pacific Time

Asterisk (*) indicates speakers who will be joining us via Zoom.

8:30 - 9:00 am

Light breakfast for in-person attendees

9:00 - 9:15 am

Opening remarks

Robert Malenka 

Nancy Friend Pritzker Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University

Brian Knutson

Professor of Psychology
Stanford University

9:15 - 10:00 am

Structural insights into the complex biology of mu-opioid receptor agonists

Brian Kobilka

Hélène Irwin Fagain Chair of Cardiology
Stanford University

10:00- 10:45 am

Addictions: a brain network disorder

Valerie Voon*

Senior Principal Investigator, Neuropsychiatrist and Medical Research Council Senior Clinical Fellow with the Department of Psychiatry
University of Cambridge

10:45 - 11:15 am


11:15 - 12:00 pm

Special Session: Policy fireside chat

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

Associate Justice

Supreme Court of the State of California

Keith Humphreys

Esther Ting Memorial Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University

12:00 - 12:45 pm


12:45 - 1:15 pm

Special Session: Covering the opioid epidemic

Lenny Bernstein

The Washington Post

Keith Humphreys

Esther Ting Memorial Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University

1:15 - 1:30 pm

Sammy Kuo Awards in Neuroscience

Presented by Corinna Darian-Smith

1:30 - 2:15 pm

Human molecular studies in translating addiction towards novel interventions

Yasmin Hurd*

Ward-Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience and the Director of the Addiction Institute 
Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine

2:15 - 2:45 pm


2:45 - 3:30 pm

Hyperkatifeia, negative reinforcement and the negative emotional side of addiction

George Koob*

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

3:30-4:15 pm

Stress-induced acetylcholine signaling in the hippocampus: too much of a good thing?

Marina Picciotto*

Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology
Yale University

4:15 - 4:20 pm

Closing remarks

William Newsome

Vincent V.C. Woo Director, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Harman Family Provostial Professor
Professor of Neurobiology
Stanford University

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Poster session and reception