March 15-16, 2014

San Antonio, TX


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This two-day conference focuses on translational aspects of addiction research among chemists, biologists, and behavioral scientists. The diversity of participants and attendees at this meeting (undergraduate students to senior faculty, chemists to psychiatrists) provides a unique venue for cross-fertilization among different disciplines and in so doing promotes new and innovative approaches to medications development in addictions biology. The meeting provides a stimulating environment for young scientists who are strongly encouraged to present their work and interact with senior scientists.


New in 2014 is the Pathways to Careers in Science (PCS) Workshop; this free workshop (see below for registration) gives trainees an opportunity to discuss the variety of career paths that are available to young scientists. Participants in the 2014 workshop will be Dr. James Barrett, Dr. Minda Lynch, and Dr. Tom McClellan and the workshop moderator will be Dr. Andrea Giuffrida.



Friday Afternoon 3/14

Pathways to Careers in Science Workshop (free, requires separate registration)

Friday Evening 3/14

Opening Reception on the San Antonio River Walk

Saturday 3/15 Plenary symposium: “Non-classical pharmacology of the dopamine transporter and addiction”

The dopamine transporter is the main target for addictive drugs in the psychostimulant class, and therefore a logical target for the search for medicines to treat stimulant addiction. The earliest research on discovery of such treatments focused on the possibility of a compound that blocked cocaine but allowed dopamine uptake. As the potential for finding such a compound appeared to vanish, new evidence suggested novel drug actions and interactions, with the dopamine transporter having a dynamic role, and new opportunities for anti-addictive effects, increasing interest in a host of new DAT compounds. This symposium will cover the pharmacology, chemistry, and behavioral activity of non-classical DAT modulators including partial inhibitors and releasers, and atypical DAT blockers with a preference for the inward-facing conformation of the DAT. One such compound in the latter group is already on the market: modafinil – this compound will be discussed from both basic and human clinical perspectives.

Plenary Speakers:

• Dr. Maarten Reith, New York University : "How non-classical can interaction be between DAT and novel lead compounds for addiction treatment?”

• Dr. Bruce E. Blough, RTI International : "Dopamine partial releasers: therapeutic potential at the boundary of uptake inhibition and translocation"

• Dr. Jonathan L. Katz, NIDA-IRP/NIH : "Atypical dopamine uptake inhibitors and pharmacological class warfare"

• Dr. Charles O’Brien, University of Pennsylvania/VAMC : "Effects of modafinil in patients with cocaine use disorder"

  Special Plenary Lecture - Dr. Kenner Rice (NIDA/NIH) : "Medicinal chemistry in opioid research at NIH. Looking back"
  Student Oral Communications
  Poster Session
  Dinner and After Dinner Speaker - Dr. James Barrett, Drexel University College of Medicine : "Pharmacological plasticity: black swans, tipping points and creative destruction"
Sunday Morning 3/16 Open Oral Communications
  Special Plenary Lecture - Dr. Thomas McLellan, University of Pennsylvania : "What it really means to treat addiction as a chronic illness: implications for treatment, evaluation, insurance and policy"
  Lunch and Adjournment  


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March 15-16, 2014

At the LaQuinta Inn and Suites in San Antonio, Texas


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Contact La Quinta Inn and Suites Medical Center, 4431 Horizon Hill, San Antonio, Texas 78229 at 1-866-527-1498 or go to the hotel website (use promo code UTHSCS) for reservations. Please identify yourself as a registrant for the BBC Conference to receive the conference room rate of $85 single/double. Note: Complementary shuttle transportation is provided by La Quinta Inn and Suites to and from the airport/hotel daily between 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Please call hotel to make arrangements. Travel time between hotel/airport is approximately 20 minutes. Taxi fare would be in the price range of $25.00.


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Travel Award Applications : January 31st, 2014

Meeting registration, hotel reservations, and abstract submission : February 21st, 2014


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Deadline : February 21st, 2014

Please complete the registration form.

(one form for registration, abstract and travel awards submission)

Click the 'Submit' button, at the bottom of the registration form, when done.

Please do not click the 'Submit' button more than once.
* denotes required field

Conference Registration Form


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Deadline : February 21st, 2014

Abstracts will be accepted for 15-min oral presentations or poster presentations.

Please complete the registration form.


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Deadline : January 31st, 2014

Abstract submission is required to apply for a travel stipend. Stipends are available to defray the costs of lodging and travel for undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Awards will be based on financial need, evidence of dedication to addiction research, and the overall merits of the applicant and the submitted abstract. In addition to the abstract, please submit the following :


1) curriculum vitae

2) cover letter (not to exceed 1 page) indicating eligibility and interest in drug addiction research and how the meeting will advance the applicant's education/career in addition research

3) letter of support from a supervisor, mentor, or department chair providing evidence of financial need


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Deadline : January 31st, 2014

The Maharaj Ticku Travel Fellowship will be awarded to a new investigator who has completed but is not more than 4 years beyond completion of postdoctoral training and who has a full time position in academia and/or research. The award will be made based on a submitted abstract, personal statement indicating need and career goals, and publication record. Please submit a curriculum vitae and personal statement. The fellowship will provide full travel expenses (domestic travel only) to attend the BBC 2014 meeting.


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Complete the on-line conference registration form and include required form(s), as needed.


Email questions to :


Mail registration fee (check payable to “Pharmacology”) to :

BBC, Department of Pharmacology MC 7764

University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio

7703 Floyd Curl Drive

San Antonio, TX 78229-3900


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This workshop provides trainees an opportunity to discuss the variety of career paths that are available to young scientists with a distinguished group of scientists who themselves have had interesting, and in some cases non-traditional, scientific career paths. Registration is required for this 2-hour workshop (3-5 PM, Friday 14 March 2014) that will be held at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (free shuttle service will be provided from the BBC meeting site, La Quinta, to the workshop). Registrants will be asked to provide questions and discussion topics prior to the workshop. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. For those who are registered for the BBC meeting and who are attending the BBC reception on the River Walk, buses will pick up at the Health Science Center at 5:30.


Pathways to Careers in Science Registration


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