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The Human Connectome Project NIDA Frontiers 2014

NIDA SfN Events

NIH Booth:
Booth #:3405
Washington DC Convention Center
Exhibit Dates and Hours:
Sunday, November 16, 2014-Wednesday, November 19, 2014
9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

So You Want to Be a Scientist…and Get Paid Along the Way:
A NIH Grant Workshop for Early Career Investigators
Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 103AB

NIDA again presents its Early Career Investigator Workshop. The focus for this year’s workshop is on the individual Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award [NRSA] grant application for predoctoral and dual degree candidates, and postdoctoral fellows.This workshop offers the opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to have their questions answered concerning their role in working on research projects and in preparing NRSA fellowship applications. Brief presentations will discuss what a student or postdoctoral fellow should look for in identifying a mentor and research laboratory, and in choosing a research project, and what a laboratory head expects from members of his or her laboratory. Also discussed will be the requirements of individual NRSA grant applications, emphasizing the importance of the research training plan, sponsors and mentorship, and plans for training in the responsible conduct of research. Ample time is provided during the workshop to answer your specific questions. Although this workshop is presented by NIDA staff, NIDA encourages anyone who is planning on applying to the NIH for NRSA grant support to attend.

NIH Funding Opportunity: Longitudinal Study of Neurodevelopmental Consequences of Substance Use
Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 150A

The Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN), comprising the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), in partnership with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) are hosting a workshop to solicit input for a large-scale prospective cohort study to assess developmental effects of substance use from early adolescence into young adulthood in human subjects. The study goals are to understand the impact of various patterns and trajectories of substance exposure on brain structure and function; future substance use disorders or other psychopathology; and functional outcomes, including academic achievement, social development and other behaviors of public health importance. Welcoming remarks will be presented by CRAN leadership: Drs. Nora Volkow (NIDA), George Koob (NIAAA), and Bob Croyle (NCI); and Dr. Alan Guttmacher (NICHD). Dr. Michael Charness (Veteran’s Administration Boston Healthcare, Harvard Medical School) will describe the proposed initiative and lead the discussion.

Novel RNA Modifications in the Nervous System: Form and Function
Chair: John Satterlee, Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH
Co-Chair: Jonathan Pollock, Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH
CME: 2.5
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Ballroom B

Modified RNA molecules have recently been shown to regulate nervous system functions. This minisymposium provides an overview of the types and known functions of novel modified RNAs in the nervous system, including (1) methylated RNAs in intellectual disability and dopamine neuron function; (2) circular RNAs in microRNA regulation and specification of neuron fate; and (3) the consequences of adenosine-to-inosine RNA editing in neurological diseases and substance abuse.

Bath Salts, Spice, and Related Designer Drugs: The Science Behind the Headlines
Chair: Michael H. Baumann, Ph.D.
Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH
Co-Chair: Jenny L Wiley, Ph.D.
RTI International
CME: 2.5
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Recently there has been an alarming increase in the nonmedical use of novel psychoactive substances known as “designer drugs.” Synthetic cathinones and synthetic cannabinoids are two of the most widely abused classes of designer drugs. This minisymposium presents the most up-to-date information about the molecular sites of action, pharmacokinetics and metabolism, and in vivo neurobiology of synthetic cathinones and cannabinoids.
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