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Alcohol and the Nervous System
Gordon Research Conference

New Perspectives in Alcohol Neuroscience Research


March 4-9, 2018


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX Site Information


Jeff L. Weiner & C. Fernando Valenzuela

Vice Chairs:
Danny G. Winder & Sara R. Jones

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 4, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2018 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Alcohol and the Nervous System will provide a unique forum to bring together a diverse range of young and established alcohol researchers, and experts in complementary fields. The conference will cover a broad range of studies at the molecular, cellular, circuit/systems and behavioral level, with particular emphasis on multidisciplinary work and innovative approaches. Talks will address questions centered on the neural substrates that contribute to alcohol-related health disorders across the entire lifespan and will include systems ranging from nematodes to humans. Participation by young investigators will be strongly emphasized. The central goals of the conference are to: 1) Foster deep and open discussion of groundbreaking research at the forefront of alcohol effects on the nervous system and related neuroscience areas. 2) To highlight cutting edge neuroscience techniques that facilitate discovery of brain mechanisms driving alcohol drinking and abuse and those involved in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. 3) To promote interaction between young and senior investigators and the exchange of ideas that will shape future directions of alcohol neuroscience research. 4) To foster the development of the next generation of alcohol researchers by encouraging participation of students and postdoctoral fellows. 5) To recruit scientists from related research areas to the alcohol addiction field by promoting and fostering new collaborations. The format will provide ample time for formal and informal discussions and emphasize the presentation of unpublished data, thus ensuring that the newest and most exciting developments in the field are discussed. Poster presentations will take place on each day of the meeting, allowing for widespread participation of conference attendees at all career stages. Speakers will also be selected from submitted abstracts for "late-breaking topic" talks by young investigators.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Alcohol and the Nervous System" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by November 4, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Exploring Neural Mediators of Cue-Triggered Reward Seeking
    (David Lovinger / Patricia Janak)
  • The Neural Circuitry of Excessive Alcohol Drinking and Other Maladaptive Behaviors
    (Brian McCool / Thomas Kash / Heather Trantham-Davidson / George Koob)
  • Epigenetic Mechanisms in Alcohol Use Disorder
    (Sean Farris / Gregg Homanics / Subash Pandey / Rita Juanes)
  • Alcohol Effects on CNS Development
    (Joanne Weinberg / Dipak Sarkar / Susan Smith / Hermes Yeh)
  • The Molecular Gatekeepers of Alcohol Signaling
    (Dorit Ron / Candice Contet / Markus Heilig / Patrick Mulholland)
  • Vulnerability and Resilience to Alcoholism and Comorbid Affective Disorders
    (Klaus Miczek / Nicholas Gilpin / Kathleen Grant / Colleen Hanlon / Andrew Holmes)
  • The Role of the Cerebellum in Alcohol Use Disorder
    (Changhai Cui / Martin Paukert / Edith Sullivan / Mark Wagner / David Rossi)
  • The Neurocircuitry of Motivated Behaviors
    (Rueben Gonzales / Veronica Alvarez / Paul Phillips / Rainer Spanagel / Todd Thiele)
  • New Frontiers: Immune/Microbiome/Inflammasome Interactions in Alcohol Use Disorder
    (Fulton Crews / Terrence Deak / Adron Harris)
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