Northwestern University Silverstein Lecture Series

Northwestern University Silverstein Lecture Series

Silverstein Lecture Series

Explore the genetics of drug abuse with the Center for Genetic Medicine during our fall Silverstein Lecture Series on October 26 and 27, 2011 with guest speaker Glen R. Hanson, PhD, DDS, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Utah and former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

DRUG ABUSE: a family matter?

A conversation with Glen R. Hanson, PhD, DDS

Does drug abuse run in the family? We certainly know that environmental influences, such as exposure to drugs as children or teenagers, increases the risk of substance abuse later in life. However, researchers have determined that the prevalence of inheriting drug abuse ranges from 40 to 60 percent, suggesting that vulnerability to drug addiction is not merely environmental, but also genetic.

Come learn how the field of genetics could help prevent and treat drug abuse in a conversation with Dr. Glen R. Hanson, professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Utah and former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Hanson will unveil the genetic elements of drug abuse and discuss how these inherited factors can increase one’s risk of developing related problems. This exciting research has the potential to improve drug abuse risk screening and advance individualized treatment methods.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Evanston, IL
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
McCormick Tribune Forum
McCormick Tribune Center
1870 Campus Drive

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Chicago, IL
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Hughes Auditorium
Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
303 E Superior Street

Reception to follow.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.