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The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs Alcohol and Nicotine

Dinner and social hour begin at 7:00 pm with an approximately hour-long presentation and question-and-answer session to follow. There is a suggested contribution of $3 for non-students.

Our Open Seating Policy will be in effect for this event.
Venue capacity = 120 / Estimated day-of RSVP turnout = 60%


The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs Alcohol and Nicotine

Michael J. Kuhar
Candler Professor of Neuropharmacology, Emory University School of Medicine

Addiction destroys lives. In his book, The Addicted Brain, Michael Kuhar, a neuroscientist researcher at Emory, explains how and why this happens. He also presents advances in treatment and prevention.

Please join us at our monthly Manuel's meetup as Michael tells us why the brain is vulnerable to drugs, why drugs get control of the brain and behavior and what we can do about it. His talk will begin with an overview of the field - everything from molecules to government policy - but the focus will be determined by audience questions and areas of interest.

Thanks to the help of our friends at A Cappella Books, copies of The Addicted Brain will be available for sale after Michael's presentation.

About our speaker

Michael Kuhar, PhD, has more than 40 years experience studying drugs and the brain. He has over 400 research publications, a number of patents and books, and has received many awards and prizes for his work. This past June, he received an Eddy Lifetime Achievement Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. He has trained more than 60 younger scientists who have important positions around the world in academia, government and industry.

Over his career, Michael has been Professor at Johns Hopkins, a Branch Chief at the National Institutes of Health, and is currently Candler Professor at Emory University where he directs the Kuhar Lab.

His recent book, The Addicted Brain, is easily read and comprehensive - from discoveries in science to treatment of addicts. It is the most up-to-date book of its kind. It is somewhat unique in that it is also a book about the brain, and how the brain plays a role in addiction. It has implications for prevention, treatment and recovery.

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  • Mark M.

    I too thought it was a bit superficial, and would have liked some more 'meat' in that bowl of chili. I really liked the lecture though. I enjoyed the topic and Dr Kuhar's laid back style.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Becky

    I really enjoyed this! Now wishing I had bought his book....

    June 23, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Becky - I have the book and, since I have such a backlog of reading to do for the Science Track at the Decatur Book Festival, I'll be happy to lend it to you for as long as you need it. - Marc

      June 23, 2013

    • Becky

      Hey thanks, Marc!

      June 23, 2013

  • Bogdan V.

    I tight it was very interesting, though I was already familiar with a lot of the content regarding dopamine reuptake inhibitors. I wish this talk would be expanded into a series as there were so many aspects of the topic that I wish we heard more about. Can't wait till the next one!

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Bogdan V.

      Thought...autocorrect fail

      June 23, 2013

  • Charlice M.

    Good speaker

    June 23, 2013

  • Louise T

    lecture was a bit too superficial, not deep enough. The delivery was fine, but the content could've been better

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I decided to bow out. I'll change my response.

    June 22, 2013

  • Sarah W.

    Last minute change of plans- someone else grab my spot!!

    June 22, 2013

  • Mike S.

    Last minute change in plans means we can't make it after all, so 2 more off the waiting list can have spots.

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love that this is being held in a bar. Nice touch!

    4 · June 7, 2013

    • DaveO

      Good point..

      June 21, 2013

  • Josh G.

    Sounds like a good one, but will be in Portland, OR

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to attend this meetup, but have camping plans. If things change, then I will get to meet the group.

    June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking forward to my first meetup!

    May 28, 2013

  • Mike S.

    looking forward to it

    May 26, 2013

  • Skye M.

    I am a forensic toxicologist so this is right up my alley

    May 21, 2013

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