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Meeting Explores Willpower, New Technologies in Imaging, and Brain Development

November 10, 2008

What: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, will convene a one-day mini-convention at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. NIDA scientists will present recent findings and discuss future directions in neuroscience. Concepts to be discussed include: how the environment can alter gene function (epigenetics) in addiction and brain development; what determines free will or "free won't"; and how ground-breaking imaging technologies can reveal gene activation in the living brain, and/or control neurons and behavior.

Why: To bring together scientists to explore the latest research on addiction neuroscience.

When: Friday, November 14, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. - 6:10 p.m.

Where: Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting
Renaissance Washington DC Hotel
Grand Ballroom North and Central
999 Ninth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

More Information: For more information on the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, please visit To arrange an interview with NIDA staff, please contact NIDA press office at 301-443-6245 or e-mail your request to

Event Highlights:

  • Willpower: What Really Governs Our Choices? - new perspectives on the controversial topic of how our brain responds to competing incentives in the environment to determine our ultimate course of action-or inaction.
  • Epigenetics and Brain Function - a description of epigenetic mechanisms mediating maternal effects on the brain and behavior, regulation of learning and relapse to drug seeking, and mechanisms of cocaine addiction.
  • Multimodal Imaging of Neuropathways - applications of groundbreaking technology for optical remote control and real-time tracking of neurons and circuits, including the detection of gene activation and new-born neurons in the living brain.
  • Cortical Development and Substance Abuse - an exploration of environmental influences on early cortical development, and the implications for addiction.
  • Drug Abuse and Neuroscience Research Poster Session - an opportunity for early career investigators to discuss their research findings and interests with NIDA staff, training directors, and other drug abuse researchers.