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Addiction Research Seminar Series

The NARC offers bimonthly seminars co-sponsored by the Department of Neurosciences in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry and the Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) project. The speakers are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field of addiction. Prior to each seminar there is a journal club meeting that discusses selected works of the speaker. In addition, there are updates for the lay public on the biology and clinical treatment of addiction. And, as a part of brain awareness week, NARC faculty also partake in special teaching sessions in primary schools in the Charleston area.

Please check this listing again as we will continue to fill this seminar schedule for the upcoming academic year.

Seminar Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Seminar Location: Basic Science Building Room 502


Sept. 28, 2017
Guest Speaker: 
Fredeic Hopf, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco
Topic: TBD
Host: Dr. Howard C. Becker, ARC


Oct. 19, 2017
Guest Speaker: Chiang-Shan Ray Li, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Yale School of Medicine
Topic: Deficits in Proactive Control and Problem Drinking
Host: Dr. Howard C. Becker, ARC


Nov. 9, 2017
Guest Speaker: Brian McCool, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology and Pharmacology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Topic: TBD
Host: Dr. Howard C. Becker, ARC


Nov. 30, 2017
Guest Speaker: Joshua Berke, PhD, Schmid Distinguished Professor, Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry Director, Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction Weill Institute for Neurosciences & Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience University of California, San Francisco
Topic: Rethinking Reward: Dopamine Signals in Learning and Motivation
Host: Dr. Thomas Jhou, NARC
Sponsored by the Neurobiology of Addictions Research Center, The Charleston Alcohol Research Centre


Dec. 14, 2017
Guest Speaker: Charles Wilson, PhD, Professor, The Ewing Halsell Distinguished Chair in Biology, Department of Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio
Topic: Synchrony and Asynchrony – The Function of Recurrent Inhibition in the Basal Ganglia
Host: Dr. Art Riegel, NARC


Mar. 22, 2018
Guest Speaker: Brigitte Kieffer, Professor, Scientific Director at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Chair, Monique H. Bourgeois in Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Faculty of Medicine of McGill University,  Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology of Addiction and Mood Disorders
Topic: TBD
Host: Dr. Jakie McGinty, NARC


Apr. 5, 2018
Guest Speaker: Wendy J. Lynch, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Virginia
Topic: TBD
Host: Dr. Carmella Reichel, NARC