The Science of Addiction Symposium

Thursday, December 6, 2018 8:00am to 5:00pm

Bond Life Sciences Center, Monsanto Auditorium

Free and open to the public

To ignite a comprehensive conversation about the grand challenge of addiction, the University of Missouri will host The Science of Addiction Symposium featuring keynote speakers of national prominence and thought leaders from a range of disciplines across the University of Missouri.

By addressing addiction from the perspectives of research, teaching, and practice, The Science of Addiction Symposium will:

  • Highlight current investigations into the problem of addiction, from etiology to genetics to treatment and beyond

  • Facilitate breakthroughs and collaborations on approaches, insights, and challenges

  • Energize broad commitments and bold steps toward a nationally recognized Center of Excellence

7:30–8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast and registration Monsanto Lobby
8:00–8:15 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
Latha Ramchand, MU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Mark McIntosh, MU Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development; UM System Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Monsanto Auditorium
8:15–9:15 a.m. Keynote: Alcohol, Drugs and the Adolescent Brain
Sandra A. Brown, Vice Chancellor for Research, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of California San Diego
Monsanto Auditorium
9:15–10:30 a.m. Drugs and Society

The Etiology and Course of Substance Use Disorders: An Overview
Kenneth J. Sher, MU

Ambulatory Assessment of Substance Use and Addiction
Timothy J. Trull  and Yi Shang, MU

Missouri’s Response to our Opioid Crisis: What We’re Doing and Why
Rachel Winograd, UMSL     

Facilitator: Denis McCarthy, MU

Monsanto Auditorium
10:30–10:45 a.m. Break
Posters available for viewing in the Research Display Area
Monsanto Lobby
10:45–11:30 a.m.

Flash Talks

“This Dark Diction”: Our Changing Addiction Conversation and the Future of Addiction Science
Jeannette Porter, MU

Campus Traditions and Event-Specific Alcohol and Cannabis Use
Amber Henslee, Missouri S&T

Brain Responses to Drug Cues and Risk for Addiction
Bruce Bartholow, MU

Treating Insomnia and Sleep Disturbances in Alcoholic Mice
Mahesh Thakkar, MU

Binge Alcohol Drinking: A Menace to the Liver and Beyond
Shivendra D. Shukla, MU

Monsanto Auditorium
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Lunch McQuinn Atrium
12:45–1:45 p.m. Keynote: New Compounds for Treating Alcohol Use Disorder
Robert O. Messing, MD, Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience; Director, Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research; Senior Adviser to the Dean on Research Strategy, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin
1:45–3:00 p.m.

Basic Translational Research

Behavior Genetic Approaches to Studying Alcohol Use Disorder
Ian Gizer and Wendy Slutske, MU

HIV-1 gp120 and Methamphetamine-Mediated Toxicity in the Brain
Anil Kumar, UMKC

The Tailgate Study: Synergies Between Alcohol and Food
Elizabeth Parks, MU

Facilitator: Chris Pires, MU

Monsanto Auditorium
3:00–3:15 p.m.  Break
Posters available for viewing in the Research Display Area
Monsanto Lobby
3:15–4:30 p.m.

Intervention and Training

Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders through Alcohol Education and SBIRT Training of Health Care Providers
Leigh Tenkku Lepper, MU

Targeting Sleep in Alcohol Prevention and Treatment
Mary Beth Miller, MU 

Using ECHO Clinics to Promote Capacity Building and Improve the Quality of Addiction Treatment  
Patricia Stilen, UMKC

Facilitator: Matt Martens, MU

Monsanto Auditorium
4:30–5:15 p.m. Q&A and Closing Remarks
Envisioning MU as a Center of Excellence leading the nation in research, teaching, and outreach to address the causes of addiction and promote health through prevention and treatment
Monsanto Auditorium
5:15–6:30 p.m. Reception Monsanto Lobby
Sessions and scheduled participants are subject to change until the day of the event.

Continuing Education Contact Hours
Psychologists: The Science of Addiction Symposium is approved by the Missouri Psychological Association for 8 continuing education contact hours.
Social Workers: The Science of Addiction Symposium is approved by the MU School of Social Work for 7.5 continuing education contact hours.

For more information on the event, please contact Jill Ferguson at or 573-882-5664.

The Bond Life Sciences Center is located at 1201 Rollins St, Columbia, MO 65211. The Monsanto Auditorium is accessible via the south entrance on Rollins St.