Wouldn't it be wonderful to attribute our compulsion for addictive damaging activities, such as overeating, taking illicit drugs or smoking, wholly to our genetic make up? Then we could blame our parents for everything! We know it is bad for us but we still do it. Why? This session explores the latest scientific evidence behind compulsive behaviour. Personalised medicine provides plenty of research linking genetics and disease. But establishing a relationship between genetic variation and behaviour is trickier. How does over-consumption of high-fat food trigger addiction-like neuro adaptive responses in our brain-reward circuitry? Read the full session info here.
Professor Michel Kazatchkine (French) and Dr. Wilson M. Compton (American), the respective Co-Chairs for the event, have finalised the invitees for the three thematic panels on drugs, alcohol and nicotine addictions. The response has been great and the balance struck between scientists, social scientists, policymakers, funders, industry, media and civil society activists promises a truly well-rounded dialogue on 4th June next. (Professor Kazatchkine is the United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Former Executive Director of The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria. Dr. Wilson Compton is Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research at the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).