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NIDA To Mark 25th Anniversary with Day of Activities

A full day of activities, including an evening event for the public and an afternoon scientific symposium, will be held by the National Institute on Drug Abuse on Monday, Sept. 27 at the Clinical Center. The commemoration of NIDA's 25 years of leadership in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction will be hosted by Dr. Alan I. Leshner, NIDA director.

Dr. Floyd Bloom of the Scripps Research Institute and editor-in-chief of Science magazine, will speak at the program for the public at 7 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. He will discuss substance abuse research, its challenges and opportunities. Also featured at this public event will be Dr. Jose Szapocznik, director of the Center for Family Studies at the University of Miami School of Medicine, who will discuss the future of prevention and treatment of adolescent drug abuse.

An afternoon scientific symposium, "NIDA: Celebrating a Quarter Century of Scientific Progress," in Masur Auditorium from 1 to 5 p.m., will bring together prominent scientists from such leading research centers as Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the University of California at Los Angeles to present and discuss the latest research findings on drug abuse and addiction. It will feature presentations on emotions and vulnerability to addiction, the history and future of addiction treatment research, the contributions of neuroimaging to our understanding of addiction, and the prevention and progression of HIV infection, which is often spread among injecting drug users.

The afternoon event is designed primarily for clinicians, researchers, policy makers and all others interested in better understanding the roots of drug addiction, and the new approaches, medications and technologies being developed to prevent and treat it.

The evening event is targeted to the public, including students, teachers, parents and anyone with an interest in learning more about the scientific facts about drug abuse and addiction.

A poster presentation will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

There is no charge for any of the events. For more information, call 443-1124 or check the NIDA Web site

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