Why do drugs affect people differently?


850 NW 13th Ave · Portland, OR

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NOTE: We're in the NEW Vacasa Building this time! Enter on 13th between Johnson and Kearney.

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Curious why drugs affect people differently? At this month's meetup, John Harkness will share insights on genetic predictors of drug preference, epigenetic responses to drug use, and neural mechanism of drug memory.

John Harkness is a neuroscientist studying neural and genetic mechanisms that regulate drug use disorders. He is a postdoctoral fellow at Washington State University, where studies extra cellular matrix aggregations in the regulation of sleep, memory, and cocaine seeking. John earned his Ph.D. from OHSU in 2015 where he studied neurogenetics of methamphetamine use. He is also the founder and CEO of Rewire Neuroscience, a WSU startup developing an artificial intelligence engine for biomedical research, and serves on the Board of Directors for Science Talk, and the neuroscience+art outreach group, NW Noggin.