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Addiction, A Biological Disorder - July 18-19, 2013

15th Genetics & Ethics Conference - Proceedings and Presentations

Experts from genetics, the law, public policy, medicine, and neurobiology as well as those in recovery from addiction gathered in Estes Park to discuss the ethical, legal and social implications of the biological explanations of addiction.  

Sponsored by:

- Center for Bioethics and Humanities
- CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation)
- Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program
- Center on Antisocial Drug Dependence (CU Boulder)

Speakers and PowerPoint Presentations:

Understanding the Multiple Biological Mechanisms of Addiction Leads to Better Treatment by Charles P. O'Brien, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Chief of Psychiatry at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

The Genetic Epidemiology of Substance Abuse Disorders: Do Genetic Findings Diminish Personal Responsibility? by Matt McGue, PhD, Regents Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota.

The Neurology of Addiction: A Reward Deficit, Stress Surfeit, Executive Function Disorder by George F. Koob, PhD, Professor and Chairman of the Committee on Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders at the Scripps Research Institute.

 Are We Our Genes?: Fatalism and Responsibility in Genetic Testing by Robert L. Klitzman, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University.


Drug Policy in the US and Abroad: Where Do We Go From Here? by Kevin Sabet, PhD, Director of the Drug Policy Institute and Assistant Professor at University of Florida College of Medicine, is President of the Policy Solution Lab and is on the Board of Directors of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).

Drugs and the Legal System-A Judicial Perspective, by Magistrate Jeffrey English, Denver District Court Judge.  Video: Responsible Adult Parenting Sobriety, (RAPS Program).


Addiction: The Psycho-Legal Error and Responsibility by Judge Morris Hoffman, Second Judicial District (Denver) and Member, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

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