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Pharmacology of Substance Abuse

Thursday, October 27, 2016 

On behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Pharmacology Society (MAPS) council, we would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming meeting entitled Pharmacology of Substance Abuse, which is being hosted by Quorum at the Science Center in University City on October 27, 2016.  The meeting will feature speakers from the MAPS region, including the greater Philadelphia area, as well as a keynote talk by Michael Nader, PhD, of Wake Forest University, who will discuss his innovative work regarding individual differences in susceptibility to addiction. 

Morning Session

8:00-8:30 Check-in and Poster Setup 
8:30-9:30 Poster Presentations: Judging and poster viewing (must be present to be eligible for award) and on-site late registration 
09:45-10:00  MAPS Welcome/Business, Douglas G. Tilley, PhD, Temple University, MAPS President
10:00-10:35 Translational research in nicotine dependence: A new target for an old drug, Julie Blendy, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
10:35-11:10 The hypocretin/orexin system regulates dopamine signaling and motivation for cocaine via actions on hypocretin receptor 1, Rodrigo Espana, PhD, Drexel University
11:10-11:45   Medications development for drug addiction, Thomas Keck, PhD, Rowan University
11:45-12:00 Invited Trainee Talk #1 

Afternoon Session

12:00-12:15 George B. Koelle Award Presentation 
12:15-1:15 Lunch, poster viewing 
1:15-2:15 Keynote Address: Monkey models of individual differences in susceptibility to addiction and treatment efficacy, Michael Nader, PhD, Wake Forest University
2:15-2:50 Designer cathinones: bath salts that are not so soothing, Scott Rawls, PhD, Temple University
2:50-3:05 Invited Trainee Talk #2 
3:10-4:10  Biotech Roundtable: Paths to Biotech, Kyle Palmer, PhD Moderator. Participants: TBD panelists from local Biotech Firms
4:10-4:15 Closing Remarks 
4:15-5:00 Student/Trainee Award Ceremony (must be present to be eligible for award) and Networking Reception 


3711 Market Street, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Poster Competition

Abstract submission deadline: 10/13/16

Abstracts will be accepted only after registration fees have been paid.

Abstract Submission

Download the abstract submission form (PDF) and send the completed form to

Early Registration Fees

Registration fees until 10/20/16: 
Undergraduate students $ 5
Graduate students  $10
Postdoctoral Fellows   $15
Research Associates $15
Faculty/others   $40

Online Registration ends 10/20/16. After 10/20/16, please plan to register and pay onsite (additional fee applies).

Onsite Registration Fees

Registration fees on and after 10/20/16:  
Undergraduate students $15
Graduate students  $20
Postdoctoral Fellows   $25
Research Associates $25
Faculty/others   $50

Registration covers lectures, poster session, program/abstract book, lunch, and networking reception.



Advance registration is appreciated!

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