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The Neurobiology of Addiction Research Center (NARC)

Seminars & Events

The NARC offers bimonthly seminars co-sponsored by the Department of Neurosciences in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry and the Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) project. The speakers are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field of addiction. Prior to each seminar there is a journal club meeting that discusses selected works of the speaker. In addition, there are updates for the lay public on the biology and clinical treatment of addiction. And, as a part of brain awareness week, NARC faculty also partake in special teaching sessions in primary schools in the Charleston area.

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Contact Information

Kalivas Neuroscience

Kristen Young, or 2-3517

Brady Psych (SCOR)

Sarah Gainey, or 2-8207

Becker Psych

Bob Peiffer, or 2-5217

Addiction Research Seminar Series
Fall 2014/Spring 2015

  • 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
  • September 4, 2014 - May 21, 2015
  • 12:00 -1:00 pm in IOP Auditorium unless otherwise indicated


Guest Speaker

Seminar Title


September 4, 2014




September 18, 2014

Rueben Gonzales, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

University of Texas at Austin

Ethanol Experience Induces Neurochemical Plasticity in Brain Dopamine Systems

Becker Psych

October 2, 2014

Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Sexual Discounting: Acute Effects of Cocaine, Methamphetamine and Alcohol on the Behavioral Economics of HIV Risk in Humans

Dr. Gary Aston-Jones for Brady Psych (SCOR)

October 16, 2014




November 6, 2014 

Graeme Mason, PhD

Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Psychiatry

Yale School of Medicine

Alcohol and Brain Metabolism

Becker Psych

November 20, 2014



Brady Psych (SCOR)

December 4, 2014

Nigel Bamford, Ph.D.

Associate Professor 

Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychology

Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability

University of Washington

How acetylcholine creates a path to addiction

Dr. Art Riegel for Kalivas Neuroscience

December 18, 2014

Thomas Kash, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmacology

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The role of modulation in shaping emotional behavior

Becker Psych

January 15, 2015

Marcelo Febo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry

University of Florida

Exploring the connections in addiction: Altered brain functional connectivity with drugs of abuse

Dr. Carmela Reichel for Kalivas Neuroscience

February 5, 2015

Veronica Alvarez, Ph.D.

Tenure Track Investigator

National Institutes of Health

Synaptic mechanisms controlling reward-motivated behaviors

Dr. Art Riegel for Kalivas Neuroscience

February 19, 2015

George W. Huntley, Ph.D


Department of Neuroscience and the Friedman Brain Institute

Co-Director, Neuroscience Graduate Training Program

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Dr. Peter Kalivas for Kalivas Neuroscience


March 5, 2015

Susan F. Tapert, PhD

Department of Psychiatry

University of California, San Diego


Becker Psych

March 19. 2015

Tom Kelly, Ph.D.

Robert Straus Professor & Vice-Chair

Department of Behavioral Science

Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

University of Kentucky


Dr. Jane Joseph for Brady Psych (SCOR)

April 2, 2015

Andrea King, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

University of Chicago


Becker Psych

April 16, 2015

Rajita Sinha, Ph.D.

Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry, Neurobiology and Child Study

Chief, Psychology Section in Psychiatry

Director, Yale Stress Center (

Deputy Director, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation


Dr. Kathleen Brady for Brady Psych (SCOR)

May 7, 2015

Stephanie Borgland, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

University of Calgary


Dr. Gary Aston-Jones for Kalivas Neuroscience 

May 21, 2015

Lique Coolen, PhD

Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology & Anatomical Sciences

University of Mississippi


Dr. Jakie McGinty Becker Psych


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