Feb. 14 Seminar: Transdisciplinary Research Paradigms in Neurodegenerative Disease

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February 7th, 2013

BU Faculty, students and staff are invited to an Addiction Research Seminar, Feb. 14. This seminar will focus on strategies for studying addictions and other complex diseases that integrate population, computational and basic science approaches, and introduce a new cross-disciplinary BU training program for doctoral students engaged in addictions research.

Although much has been learned about the behaviors and biochemical imbalances associated with addictions, research leading to effective treatments has been slow. Addiction researchers using clinical and epidemiological approaches usually do not collaborate with those conducting basic research in cells and animal models because they do not share the same language, skill sets or perspective.

Lindsay Farrer

Lindsay Farrer

Richard Meyers

Richard Meyers

The Feb. 14 program, Transdisciplinary Research Paradigms in Neurodegenerative Disease, will begin with a presentation by Richard Myers, PhD, director of BUSM’s Genome Science Institute, on transdisciplinary research models being applied to his research on Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Lindsay Farrer, PhD, Chief of Biomedical Genetics, will then lead a forum and panel discussion on of BU’s New Transformative Training Program in Addiction Science (TTPAS), which prepares doctoral students to apply diverse approaches to addiction research using tools from bench science, medicine. population studies, statistics and computational biology. TTPAS directors and faculty will introduce this exciting new program and discuss its potential to advance a behavioral and biochemical focus in addictions research and practice. TTPAS leadership speaking at this forum are:

Lindsay Farrer, PhD
TTPAS Co-director
Chief, Biomedical Genetics
Professor, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health

Tim Heeren, PhD
TTPAS Co-director
Professor, Department of Biostatistics
BU School of Public Health

David Rosenbloom, PhD
TTPAS Faculty
Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Health Policy and Management
BU School of Public Health

Transdisciplinary Research Paradigms in Neurodegenerative Disease

  • Thursday, Feb. 14
  • 3:30 -5:00 p.m.
  • Keefer Auditorium, BU School of Medicine

Free and open to all faculty, students, and staff at BU and the VA. A reception with refreshments immediately follows the seminar.

More information: http://www.bu.edu/addictions/seminars/transdisciplinary/