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The Mind-Brain Relationship and Addiction

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55 Laurier Avenue East

12th Floor, Room 12102

Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

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On Monday, March 30, at from 5 PM to 6:30 PM, The Institute for Science, Society and Policy and the Royal Canadian Institute for Science will host the second panel of the third year of the ISSP-RCIScience Lecture Series. The series focusses on the impact of emerging science and technology on society.

How do the brain pathways of reward and reinforcement work, e.g. involving the neurotransmitter dopamine? Can brain changes be reversed after the substance use or behavior is discontinued? How does addiction work in the brain? What tools can be used to mitigate addiction? What are the societal implications – is there a continuum of prevention strategies, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems that can be used? What would be the policy challenges or implications to emerging research re: addictions?

Welcome Remarks:

  • Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, Senior Fellow, ISSP, uOttawa

Moderator:

  • Ursula Gobel, Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement and Advancement of Society, SSHRC

Panelists:

  • Patrick Fafard, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, uOttawa
  • Amy Porath, Director of Research, Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction
  • Andra Smith, Full Professor, Brain and Mind Research Institute, uOttawa

Closing remarks:

  • Helle Tosine, Past Board Chair, Royal Canadian Institute for Science

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