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JAN
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Resolving Our Greatest Public Health Challenges Via Science Diplomacy

Organised by Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, UN Secretary General’s Ban-Ki Moon’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia & Co-organised by Aidan Gilligan, SciCom Sunday 16 February, 13h00 AM – 14h30 AM, (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Annual Meeting 2014, 13-17 February, ChicagoMeeting Global Challenges: Discovery and InnovationSession Description

Science-based issues are crucial to the conduct of foreign policy. Countries large and small, developed and developing, express a clear interest in implementing science diplomacy through politics. This is for the purpose of representation, cooperation, resolving disputes, improving systems, and securing the right to science for citizens and our most vulnerable populations. The same applies to global companies and institutions operating in a complex matrix of technical and relational challenges. This symposium will test this theory against the successes and failures of health diplomacy strategies around two challenging issues: global responses to HIV/AIDS; and harm reduction science linked to lifestyle.Read more: Resolving Our Greatest Public Health Challenges Via Science Diplomacy

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JAN
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Addiction: Our Compulsions and Brain Reward Systems

Organised by Wilson M. Compton, NIDA & Co-organised by Aidan Gilligan, SciCom Friday 14 February, 08h00 AM – 09h30 AM, Regency (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Annual Meeting 2014, 13-17 February, ChicagoMeeting Global Challenges: Discovery and InnovationSession Description

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 makeup? 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 more: Addiction: Our Compulsions and Brain Reward Systems

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MAY
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Thematic Panel Chairs Confirmed


Organisers are pleased to announce three global thought-leaders on harm reduction science and policy as the all-important Panel Chairs at the 4th June Consultation Event.

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