Translational Research in Addiction

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Translational Research in Addiction

March 21-22, 2009

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This two-day conference focuses on translational aspects of addiction research among chemists, biologists, and behavioral scientists.  Cross-fertilization of ideas among disciplines will cultivate new scientific initiatives, promote thinking outside the constraints of individual disciplines, facilitate new collaborations, and foster development of medications and research tools.  Young scientists are strongly encouraged to present their work and interact with senior scientists.  Click here for General Program
March 21-22, 2009
San Antonio Texas
La Quinta Inn and Suites Medical Center
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Hotel and travel awards: February 20, 2009
Registration and abstract submission: March 6, 2009
Click here for Registration Form. Please register early as the number of attendees is limited.  Undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students: FREE!  Others: $175.00 (meals included). For non-scientific participants single tickets for the reception (3/21) and for the dinner (3/22) must be purchased in advance - $60.00 each.
Abstracts will be accepted for 15-min oral presentations or poster presentations. Click here for Abstract Submission Form.  Completed abstract forms should be emailed to
Abstract submission is required to apply for a travel stipend. Stipends are available for undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty (up to and including Assistant Professor, in rank not more than 6 years and not more than 8 years past receipt of degree).  Stipends will cover registration costs.  For applicants living outside San Antonio, stipends will cover lodging and travel costs not to exceed $750.  Awards will be based on financial need, evidence of dedication to addiction research, and the overall merits of the applicant and the submitted abstract.  In addition to the abstract, send the following:
1) curriculum vitae
2) cover letter (not to exceed 1 page) indicating eligibility and interest in drug addiction research and how the meeting will advance the applicant's education/career in addition research
3) letter of support from a supervisor, mentor, or department chair providing evidence of financial need
Send registration form and application for travel awards to or fax 210 567 0104.
Mail registration fee (check payable to “Pharmacology”) to BBC, Department of Pharmacology MC 7764, University of Texas Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
$89.00/night - Contact La Quinta Inn and Suites, 4431 Horizon Hill, San Antonio, Texas 78229 at 1-866-527-1498 or email  Registration code: BBC/University of Texas #589. 
Note: Complementary shuttle transportation is being provided by La Quinta Inn and Suites to and from the airpoint/hotel daily between 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Please call hotel to make arrangements. Travel time between hotel/airport is 20 minutes. Taxi fare would be in the price range of $25.00.

This conference is made possible by the generous financial support of:
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
University of Texas at San Antonio: Department of Biology
University of Texas Medical Branch: Center for Addiction Research
University of Maryland
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
The University of Texas Health Science Center: Office of the Dean of the School of Medicine, Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Departments of Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Psychiatry


Friday Evening, 3/20

Opening Reception (7:00 PM)

Saturday, 3/21

Plenary symposium on 5-HT2C receptors as novel targets


Special Lecture - Dr. Richard Glennon


Student Oral Presentations


Poster Session


Dinner, Awards, and After Dinner Speaker - Dr. Terry Kenakin

Sunday Morning, 3/22

Open Oral Communications


Special Lecture - Dr. Thomas Kosten


Closing remarks and adjournment (2:00 PM)