Keynote Address

Alcohol Misuse Across the Lifespan: A Neuroprevention Approach

Thursday, May 29, 2014

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Regency Ballroom A

Welcome and Introduction:  Felipe Gonzalez Castro, PhD, MSW, Professor and Director of Health Psychology and Senior Advisor to the Provost for Engaged Health Disparities Scholarship, University of Texas at El Paso

Speaker: George F. Koob, PhD, Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health

Dr. George F. Koob

Dr. George F. Koob, is Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health, Washington, DC.  As an authority on alcoholism, drug addiction and stress, he has contributed to our understanding of the neurocircuitry associated with the acute reinforcing effects of alcohol and drugs of abuse and the neuroadaptations of the reward and stress circuits associated with the transition to dependence.  Dr. Koob has published over 600 peer reviewed papers and several books including the “Neurobiology of Addiction,” a comprehensive treatise on emerging research in the field.