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"All About GHB"

("Cutting Edge" series, sponsored by NIDA's Neuroscience Consortium)

June 27, 2000
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Doubletree Hotel (Plaza II Room), 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

Co-chairs: Jerry Frankenheim, PhD and Minda Lynch, PhD
Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Research
National Institute on Drug Abuse


8:00 amComplimentary continental breakfast
8:30 am Alan I. Leshner, PhD, Director, NIDA
Timothy P. Condon, PhD, Associate Director, NIDA
Stephen R. Zukin, MD, Associate Director, Div of Treatment Research & Development, NIDA
Session 1 - GHB abuse: Trends, trafficking, and clinical outcomes
9:00 amJames Hall, BA (Up Front Drug Information Center, Miami)
Liquid X via the Internet: Surveillance and Observed Trends in Abuse of GHB-Related Drugs
9:45 amSpecial Agent Robert P. Mecir (Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, San Jose Regional Office, California Dept of Justice)
GHB - Manufacturing, Distribution, Use, and the Law
10:30 amBrief intermission
10:45 amKaren Miotto, MD (UCLA Dept of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences)
Clinical Management of GHB Tolerance, Dependence, and Withdrawal
Session 2 - GHB biochemistry, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and therapeutic potential
11:30 amMichel Maitre, MD, PhD (Biochemistry Institute, Strasbourg, France)
Physiological versus Pharmacological Mode of Action of GHB
12:15 pmLunch (on your own)
1:15 pmO. Carter Snead III, MD (Neurology Div, Dept of Pediatrics, U of Toronto)
Are the Psychotropic Effects of GHB Mediated by a GHB-Specific or a GABA-B Receptor?
2:00 pmProf. Gian Luigi Gessa (Dept of Neuroscience "B.B.Brodie," U of Cagliari, Italy)
Mechanism of GHB Action in the Treatment of Alcoholism
Dr. Giancarlo Colombo (Neuroscienze s.c.a.r.l., Cagliari, Italy)
The Mechanism of Positive Reinforcing Effect of GHB
3:00 pmIntermission
3:30 pmK. Michael Gibson, PhD, FACMG (Molecular & Medical Genetics & Pediatrics, Oregon Health Sciences U, Portland)
Development, Preliminary Characterization, and Pharmacologic Rescue of a Murine Knockout Model of 4-Hydroxybutyric Aciduria
Session 3 - Panel/audience discussion: All about GHB
4:15 pmElaine E. Kaufman, PhD (Lab of Cerebral Metabolism, NIMH, NIH)
Dr. Kaufman will lead the panel
5:00 pmAdjourn

For additional information contact Dr. Frankenheim at (301) 435-1312,

For questions on meeting logistics, please phone Kathleen Janson at Management Assistance Corporation, (301) 468-6008, ext. 432.

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