BUFFALO, N.Y. – Cocaine and brain function. Susceptibility
to alcoholism. Smoking and schizophrenia. Marijuana and stress.
Dozens of research scientists from across New York State will
discuss these issues and more at a neuroscience conference to be
held Sept. 27-28 at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on
Addictions (RIA), 1021 Main St., Buffalo.
The conference, “Neuroscience Research on Substance
Abuse,” will bring together scientists from academic medical
centers and science departments across the State University of New
York system to share their research interests on substance abuse
and discuss ways to facilitate intercampus collaborations.
RIA is hosting and co-sponsoring the conference. Other sponsors
are SUNY, UB, the Buffalo Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
and SUNY REACH (Research Excellence in Academic Health), a program
to unify and advance the research vision of New York State’s
public academic health centers and their integrated medical
Conference events include presentations by scientists from
various SUNY institutions, among them Stony Brook University,
Binghamton University, SUNY Upstate and Downstate Medical Centers
and UB. In addition, there will be poster presentations, workshops
and an evening gala with members of the Buffalo Chapter of the
Society for Neuroscience.
“Neuroscience research on substance abuse is a recognized
area of excellence in New York State, and UB has a strong
contingent of researchers focused on this issue,” says Alexis
Thompson, PhD, senior research scientist at RIA and conference
organizer. “Furthermore, this conference is timely and
relevant in light of the Obama administration’s recent
announcement of a new research initiative on brain
The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative
Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative was announced in April and has
been designated a “grand challenge of the 21st
century,” comparable to the Human Genome Project, by senior
Obama administration scientists.
For more information on the conference, contact Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RIA is a research center of the University at Buffalo and a
national leader in the study of alcohol and substance abuse issues.
RIA’s research programs, most of which have multiple year
funding, are supported by federal, state and private foundation
grants. Located on UB’s Downtown Campus, RIA is a member of
the dynamic Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and helps promote
UB’s strategic focus on research initiatives.