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Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

The New Neurobiology of Addiction

Presented By
Petros Levounis, MD, MA, President of APA; Associate Dean, Director, Northern New Jersey Medications for Addiction Treatment Center of Excellence, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

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(Boxed lunches will be available for registered in-person attendees.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the basic elements of drive and cognition in the neurobiology of addiction
  • Describe the role of the insula in the stop-go model of addiction
  • Discuss clinical implications of the neurobiology of addiction in treating substance use disorders and the behavioral addictions

From a neurobiological perspective, addiction is the hijacking of the pleasure-reward pathways of the brain and a weakening of its executive function. In 2023, the fundamental model has been expanded to include newer concepts such as motivational circuitry, the anti-reward pathways, and interception. These 21st century discoveries inform clinical innovations that are revolutionizing the landscape of the pharmacological and psychosocial treatments of substance use disorders and the behavioral addictions.

Accredidation Statement
Tower Health is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicans.

Accredidation Statement
Drexel University College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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In-Person: Health Sciences Building, Room 1W03/1W05
Online: Via Zoom Link


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