Annual Symposium

We are Excited to Return to an In-Person Format for our 10th Annual Symposium April 16th and 17th

*General Registration for in-person events closed on April 3rd; Distance attendees can register for the keynotes here by 11:59pm April 16th*

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary, we offer expanded programming for community members, scientists and trainees.  This year’s annual symposium brings exciting opportunities provided through the MBI’s commitment to support emerging UF-related conferences. These funds allow us to expand programming and more effectively engage our colleagues in addiction science from across the state.

April 16th (Matheson History Museum)


**Pre-Symposium Community Networking Event: For the first time, we are holding a Networking Event on the evening of April 16th at the Matheson History Museum (513 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601).  The event brings together our statewide collaborators, trainees, and community advocates for food and informal conversation.  The Matheson History Museum is a wonderful venue with bits of history and free parking.  Our 10th anniversary is a perfect time to celebrate the power of interfacing community needs and scientific effort. More information can be found here.

April 17th (McKnight Brain Institute)

8:00am (MBI Foyer)

/Name Tags/Program Pick-up and Coffee

8:30am (DeWeese Auditorium)

Welcome: UF CARE Director Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience & Psychology


**Concurrent Panels: Session 1

Panel A: Opioid and non-opioid therapeutics – implications for pain relief and substance use.
MBI Room: LG-101

Panel B: Diverse Faces, Diverse Places: Considerations in Substance Use Research.
MBI Room: L4-101


**Concurrent Panels: Session 2

Panel A: Theory-driven prevention and intervention: expectancies, deviance regulation theory, and behavioral economics.
MBI Room: LG-101

Panel B: Influence of sensory perception on drug use
MBI Room: L4-101


Career Development Roundtables moderated by colleagues across the state. You need not be a trainee to participate. (If you ordered one of the boxed lunches, they will be available outside of LG-101.

“Getting an academic job/getting a grant”
MBI Room: LG-101

“Work/life integration”
MBI Room: L3-101

“Effective mentoring and outreach for promoting trainee and colleague success”
MBI Room: L4-101

12:45pm (DeWeese Auditorium)

Overview of the UF Center for Addiction Research & Education
Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D.
Director, UF CARE

1:00pm (DeWeese Auditorium)

Keynote Address

To switch or to stay? Integrated systems for modifying our routines, and how they are disrupted by addictive drugs

Shannon Gourley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Department of Pediatric
School of Medicine
Emory University

2:05pm (DeWeese Auditorium)

Keynote Address

Adolescent Alcohol Use – Markers of Risk and Consequences of Use 

Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry,
Division of Clinical Psychology
School of Medicine
Oregon Health Science University

3:30pm (HPNP Atrium)

Trainee presented poster presentations describing their current work. Monetary awards for outstanding work by undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral basic and applied researchers will be made!

***Poster presenters: The poster boards in the HPNP Atrium will have a number that corresponds to the number listed next to your poster in the program you pick up at sign-in. Please use one of the breaks in the programming to hang your poster so it is hung by 3:30pm when the session starts.***

**10th Anniversary FIRST time Offerings. A special thank you to the McKnight Brain Institute for Conference Support!!

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