Pacific Ballroom, UC Irvine Student Center (bldg. 113, grid E8 on campus map)
Advances in science have generated compelling evidence that addiction is a complex disease of the brain. Often, the first time a drug is taken, it’s a choice – intended to achieve a pleasurable, short-lived emotional state. Repeated use disrupts the fine balance that normally exists among brain circuits underlying reward, motivation, memory and cognitive control. This discovery is leading to new and improved pharmaceutical, behavioral and combined treatments for addiction.