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Aquitaine 2010 Conference NeurosciencesInsights into the neurobiology of addiction

Abstract :

Insights into the Neurobiology of Addiction
The top neurobiologists in the field of addiction, from around the world, will be brought together in Aquitaine, France, for three days (October 12th to 15th, 2010). They will present the most up-to-date research findings and participate in debates with the public concerning the latest ideas and results in addiction research, ranging from molecular neuroscience to human clinical research.

The conference will take place in Arcachon, one of the loveliest towns in Aquitaine. A program of sightseeing activities will allow participants to explore the area’s foremost attractions (the Bassin d’Arcachon, the Dune du Pyla, the ‘ville d’hiver’, and its beautiful 19th century villas…) and of course to sample the wonderful local cuisine (oysters, Bordeaux wines…).

Register now and join us for a unique opportunity to share ideas, with the most famous researchers in the field (A. Bechara, A. Bonci, H. Breiter, JP. Changeux, T.J. De Vries, G. DiChiara, M. Heilig, P. Kalivas, G.F. Koob, C. Lüscher, R. Maldonado, R. Malenka, K. Mann, T.E. Robinson, Y. Shaham, R. Sinha, R. Spanagel, R. Wise, M.E. Wolf), all in a lovely atmosphere conducive to critical thought and creativity. Inscription .....

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Programme of the conferences
Tuesday 12th of October

1:30 pm Ongoing registration begins
3:15 pm Welcoming address

3:30 pm The Dark light of the addicted brain
Discussion leader: PV. Piazza

3:30-4:20 pm
G.F. Koob: "Compulsivity in Addiction: View from the dark side of the brain".
4:20-5:10 pm R. Wise: "The "light side" of addiction".
5:10-5:30 pm Coffee break

5:30 pm Dopamine: The pleasure of desire or the desire for pleasure?
Discussion leader: M. Le Moal

5:30-6:20 pm T.E. Robinson: "Drugs, dopamine and desire: Parsing the predictive vs. incentive motivational properties of reward cues".
6:20-7:10 pm G. Di Chiara: "Accumbens shell dopamine in drug and food reward".

From 7:45 pm
"Oyster session" and Dinner at the Palais des Congrès

Wednesday 13th of October

8:30 am Glutamate forever
Discussion leader: O. Manzoni

8:30-9:20 am P.W. Kalivas : " The glutamate homeotasis hypothesis of addiction".
9:20-10:10 am R. Spanagel : " The glutamate hypothesis of addiction revisited".
10:10-10:30 am Coffee break

10:30 am
Dopamine, glutamate : what else ?
Discussion Leader : S. Caillé-Garnier

10:30-11:20 am
R. Maldonado : " The endocannabinoid system and drug addiction."
11:20-12:10 am JP. Changeux : "The molecular biology of nicotine addiction investigated with genetically modified mice

12:15 am
Lunch at "Café de la plage" in the sea front

2:00 pm
Taking drugs : The stress of decision or the decision of stress
Discussion leader : S. Ahmed

2:00-2:50 pm A. Bechara : "Decision making and loss willpower to resist drugs : a neurological perspective with specific attention to the role of the insula."
2:50-3:40 pm H. Breiter : "Laws of preference, scalling, and brain architecture: reframing addiction research".
3:40-4:30 pm
R. Sinha "Drug-stress interactions, craving and addiction relapse in humans."

4:30-4:50 pm Coffee break
4:50-6:30 pm POSTER SESSION I

6:30-7:30 pm Aperitif
From 7:45 pm "Wine and Cheese Party" at the Palais des Congrès


Thursday 14th of October

8:30 am Plasticity of an inflexible condition
Discussion leader: F. Georges

8:30-9:20 am
R.C. Malenka : Cell type specific plasticity in the mesolimbic dopamine system".
9:20-10:10 am C. Lüscher : "Drug-evoked synaptic plasticity in the VTA : induction, expression and effects on the mesolimbic circuitry."
10:10-11:00 am M. E. Wolf : "AMPA" receptor plasticity during cocaine withdrawal".
10:00-11:20 am Coffee break

11:20 am Relapse: the gravity force of drugs
Discussion leader: M. Cador

11:20 - 12:10 am
Y. Shaham: "Neurobiology of relapse to drug use".
12:10-1:00 pm TJ. De Vries: "Genetic, molecular, cellular and behavioural approaches to identify neurobiological factors underlying enhanced vulnerability to drug seeking".

1:00 pm Lunch at the Palais des Congrès

2:30-4:30 pm Poster session II
4:30 pm
Social activities (3 choices) :

* Boat trip on the Bassin
* The conquest of the Dune du Pyla
* A trip to the "ville d'hiver"

From 8:00 pm

Apéritif and Gala dinner at the "Tir au Vol" (tranfer by bus).
Poster Prizes

Friday 15th of October

8:30 am What hope is there for improving treatment?
Discussion leader: J. Swendsen

8:30-9:20 am A. Bonci "Synaptic plasticity in the dopamine system: therapeutic implications for substance use disorders".
9:20-10:10 am M. Heilig: "Blocking the buzz or curing the blues: Mechanisms to target for pharmacotherapy of alcoholism".
10:10-11:00 am K. Mann: "A biological basis for personalised treatment in alcoholism?"

11:00-11:30 am Coffee break

Closing session / Discussion...

12:15 pm
Quick snack