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Friday, March 14, 2008

Scripps Research Scientists Launch International Conference on Alcoholism and Stress
By Mika Ono Benedyk

Scripps Research Institute investigators Marisa Roberto and George Koob are launching a new international conference, "Alcoholism and Stress: A Framework for Future Treatment Strategies," to be held in Volterra, Italy, Tuesday, May 6 to Thursday, May 8, 2008.

"This conference is the first international meeting of its kind," said Roberto. "Its primary purpose is to establish an international effort among both basic researchers and clinicians to develop preventive strategies and pharmacotherapeutic remedies."

Roberto notes that the growing health burdens of alcohol addiction and stress-related disorders affect the worldwide population, demanding novel treatment strategies and new advances in biomedical research.

The meeting will provide a platform for the world's preeminent scientists in alcoholism and stress research to present their latest findings through symposia, posters, discussions, and plenary lectures. Presentations will represent research in molecular and cellular biology, biobehavioral and clinical alcohol research, and epidemiology. An area of emphasis for the conference will be translational research for future treatment strategies.
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