March 14-15, 2015

La Quinta Inn and Suites Medical Cntr

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.

The Pathways to Careers in Science (PCS) Workshop is free (see below for registration) and gives trainees an opportunity to discuss the variety of career paths that are available to young scientists.



Friday Evening 3/13

Opening Reception on the San Antonio River Walk

Saturday 3/14 Plenary symposium: 'TAAR1: from chemistry to behavior and its implications in drug abuse'

Plenary Speakers:

Dr. Gregory Miller, Northeastern University

Dr. Giuseppe Cecere, F. Hoffmann-La Roche

Dr. David Grandy, Oregon Health & Science University

Dr. Jun-Xu Li, University at Buffalo

  Special Plenary Lecture - Dr. Amy Hauck Newman (Intramural Research Program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health) : "Drug design for addiction"
  Student Oral Communications
  Poster Session
  Dinner and After Dinner Speaker - Dr. Robert L Balster, Virginia Commonwealth University : "How can you soar like an eagle when reviewers want you to walk like a duck?"
Sunday Morning 3/15 Open Oral Communications
  Special Plenary Lecture - George E Woody, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania : "Progress in addiction treatment: from one-size fits all to medications and treatment matching"
  Lunch and Adjournment  

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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 email 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.

Click here for Hotel Reservations

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Travel Award Applications : January 23, 2015

Meeting registration, hotel reservations, and abstract submission : February 20, 2015

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Deadline : February 20, 2015

Payments received after Feb 27 are charged a late fee of $50.00

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 20, 2015

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

Please complete the registration form.

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 : January 23, 2015

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 23, 2015

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 2015 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 13 March 2015) 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 5:15PM.

Pathways to Careers in Science Registration

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