Drug Abuse Conference to Explore Bridging Science and Society

By on May 22, 2014

What: Vulnerability to Drug Abuse Among Hispanics: Bridging Science and Society

When: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, May 29 and 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, May 30

Where: Tomás Rivera Conference Center, Union Building East, 3rd floor

UTEP’s Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center and the Vulnerability Issues in Drug Abuse (VIDA) Research Training Program will host a free conference that will feature multidisciplinary sessions exploring topics related to drug abuse, including the neuroscience of drug abuse, intimate partner violence, and sociocultural and community factors.

Titled, “Vulnerability To Drug Abuse Among Hispanics: Bridging Science and Society,” the conference will provide a platform for discussions among research scientists, behavioral health providers, law enforcement officials, and students in fields related to drug abuse.

Keynote speaker Carl Hart, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, will help facilitate conversations and connections between researchers and community members. His address will focus on the complex interactions between drugs of abuse and the neurobiology and environmental factors that mediate human behavior and physiology.

In his popular book, High Price, Hart interweaves his own experiences in communities vulnerable to drug abuse together with recent scientific research to argue that drugs do not turn people into criminals.

The public may register for the free conference at http://www.vida2014.utep.edu

View the agenda here: http://hhdrc.utep.edu/vida2014/tentativeConferenceAgenda.pdf

Veronique J. Masterson is UTEP's public information officer and may be contacted at 915-747-7503 or news@utep.edu.