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Cannabinoid Function in the CNS (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Molecular and Neuronal Networks of the Endocannabinoid System for Future Therapeutic Perspectives


August 19-20, 2017


Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH


Ozge Gunduz-Cinar & Daniela Neuhofer

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Cannabinoid Function in the CNS provides a unique opportunity for young scientists to share cutting edge research ideas and build long-lasting networks with colleagues and leaders in the cannabinoid field during a critical point in their careers. The small, collaborative atmosphere of these seminars encourages meaningful interactions and open discussions of unpublished work that are required to push back the frontiers of cannabinoid neurobiology. The 4th Gordon Research Seminar on Cannabinoid Function in the CNS will explore cannabinoid signaling molecules and systems, how they function within networks and how they can be harnessed for their therapeutic potential in treating neurological conditions and disease. This seminar will feature a keynote lecture delivered by Dr. George Koob. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with a diverse set of mentors in the scientific community in career paths within and beyond academia.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Cannabinoid Function in the CNS" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Networks to Therapeutic Perspectives
Discussion Leader: Ozge Gunduz-Cinar (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:25 pmGeorge Koob (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, USA)
"Neurobiology of Addiction: A Negative Reinforcement Perspective"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFrom Molecules to Networks
Discussion Leader: Natalie Zlebnik (University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmDan Covey (University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA)
"Endocannabinoid Synthesis by Dopamine Neurons Drives Cue-Directed Motivation"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:25 pmEun-Kyung Hwang (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, USA)
"Pathway-Specific Synaptic Remodeling of Glutamate Synapses in the Nucleus Accumbens Caused by Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:55 pmHanna Molla (Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, USA)
"Developmental Regulation of Prefrontal Plasticity by Endocannabinoid-CB1R Signaling In Vivo"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:25 pmHaley Vecchiarelli (University of Calgary, Canada)
"Peripheral Inflammation Promotes Anxiety Through a CRF-R1 Mediated Suppression of Central AEA Signaling"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amTherapeutic Perspectives
Discussion Leader: Jibran Khokhar (Dartmouth College, USA)
9:00 am - 9:25 amRajiv Radhakrishnan (Yale University School of Medicine, USA)
"Effect of Cannabinoids on Encoding and Memory"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:55 amMaria Morena (University of Calgary, Canada)
"Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase Overexpression in the Basolateral Nucleus of the Amygdala Induces Paradoxical Effects on Anxiety and Fear Memory in Rats"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:25 amRoberto Colangeli (University of Calgary, Canada)
"The Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase Inhibitor URB597 Supresses Epileptic Seizures and Does Not Alter Synaptic Plasticity at the Perforant Path-Dentate Gyrus Synapses"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:55 amMiguel Luján (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)
"Attenuating the Reinforcing Properties of Cocaine with Cannabidiol: A Potential Role of Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Building Your Network
Discussion Leader: Daniela Neuhofer (Medical University of South Carolina, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Building Your Network"
  • Beth Babecki (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, USA)
  • Alex Goddard (Tal Medical, USA)
  • Zoe Hughes (Pfizer, USA)
  • Brian Mathur (University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA)
  • Stephen Wright (GW Pharmaceuticals, United Kingdom)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 5 R13 DA39610-03 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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