Conferences & Symposia
Addiction Research Symposium Plus

Interested in addiction research? Want to meet collaborators and develop grant proposals?

Join Tufts CTSI for our Addiction Research Symposium Plus on Wednesday, March 13 at Tufts University’s Boston Health Sciences Campus. This interactive event will focus on nascent research projects with the goals of assisting teams to develop research project proposals for future grant submissions and engaging all event participants in team science approaches to further catalyze research ideas.

By the end of this interactive symposium, event participants should be able to:

  • Identify common regulatory concerns surrounding the unique populations involved in addiction research.
  • Recognize how research teams develop research projects, from concept toward a written funding proposal.
  • Identify Tufts CTSI team-based translational science resources that can help advance a research project.
  • Articulate the value of gathering peer and expert feedback during the development of fundable proposal.

Selected Proposals

The following projects will be presented and discussed:

  • Oxygenating the Addicted Brain Through Aerobic Exercise, Eduardo Fontes, PhD, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences
  • Incorporating Acupuncture into the Continuum of Care for People with Severe Opioid Use Disorder, Barbara Herbert, MD, Column Health and Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Intranasal Glial-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) Gene Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder, Barbara Waszczak, PhD, Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences; Emmanuel Pothos, PhD, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Salivary Gene Analysis and Brain MRI to Understand Hypothalamic and Reward Pathway Dysregulation Affecting Oral Feeding in Infants with Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome, Elizabeth Yen, MD; Jill Maron, MD, and Jonathan Davis, MD, Tufts Medical Center Pediatrics Department


Wednesday, March 13, 9:00AM-3:00PM
Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Room 216A
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA


To attend, please register here by March 4, 2019.

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After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Describe the burden of C. difficile disease
  • List the risk factors for infection
  • Explain the role of spore formation and germination in the initiation and spread of C. difficile infection
  • Discuss the contribution of the microbiota to bile acid profiles of health and antibiotic-treated patients
  • Describe the use of non-antibiotic anti-infective agents to prevent and treat infection.

Taught by: Abraham L. Sonenshein, PhD and Yoav Golan, MD, MS.

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Exploiting the Molecular Signatures of Disease: Case Studies in Bench-to-Bedside Research

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • State how you can use biomarkers to classify disease states
  • Discuss the design and application of diagnostic sensors
  • Describe the correlation between the structure, function, and target of therapeutic agents
  • Explain how ultra trace technology is used for ‘omic’ analysis.

Taught by: Graham B. Jones, PhD, DSc.

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Spontaneous Animal Models in Translational Research: From Cardiac Cachexia to Obesity

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Describe how spontaneous animal models are used in researching human diseases (ie, heart failure, cancer, and obesity)
  • Explain the pros and cons of studying the common spontaneously-occurring diseases that companion animals develop
  • Discuss research being conducted on nutritional modulation of cardiac disease
  • Identify the similarities and differences between cardiac disease in people, dogs, and cats
  • Explain the similarities and differences between human and pet obesity, and how the study of one can benefit the other.

Taught by: Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN.