Interdisciplinary panel to explore mechanics of addiction at March 30 event
An interdisciplinary panel will explore recent research into the mechanics of addiction, as well as how the public can learn about the implications of this research, during a symposium scheduled from 4:15 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Auditorium.
The symposium, "Genetics, Neurobiology and Addiction: Where Are the Answers?" will feature a neuroscientist, a health policy expert and a science journalist. Donald Kennedy, president emeritus of Stanford and editor-in-chief of the journal Science, will lead the discussion. The auditorium is on the first floor of the hospital at 725 Welch Road. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
The symposium is the inaugural event of Stanford's new Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics in the Center for Biomedical Ethics. The John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists, a collaborator with the new center, is co-sponsor.
Participating in the symposium will be Dr. Robert Malenka of Stanford School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Alexandra Shields of the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute; and Elizabeth Weise, a national biotechnology reporter for USA Today.
The panel will explore the findings and implications of research that is at the intersection of genetics and neuroscience and that holds the promise of transforming public understanding of addiction. The discussion will focus on such questions as:
The Knight Fellowships program annually brings 12 mid-career American journalists and as many as eight journalists from other countries to study at Stanford for a year. More than 700 journalists have studied at Stanford under the program since it began in 1966.
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