June 7: Free Public Briefing on Opioid Dependence


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Opioid Dependence

A Public Luncheon Briefing
Hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Through the Support of the Dana Foundation
In Conjunction with the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus

Tuesday, June 7 2016
12-1 p.m.
B339 Rayburn House Office Building
Lunch Provided
*RSVP: https://www.cvent.com/c/express/6e694162-d32c-421d-b68f-071d95f5f712

The abuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious public health problem; more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other year on record, according to the CDC, and the majority of these deaths involved an opioid. U.S. lawmakers have taken note with a series of actions this year aimed at addressing this. Come and hear from experts about the science behind the epidemic.

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braiNY Events in NYC Next Week

Want to touch a real human brain? Take a yoga class and then learn about how meditation affects the brain? Or perhaps a brain-themed game night is more up your alley? Why not do all three?!

Next week is Brain Awareness Week (March 14-20), and to celebrate the brain, more than 20 fun and fascinating public events will be held around New York City, coordinated by the New York Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, under the name “braiNY.” Most of the events are free; some do require purchasing a ticket.

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Free Staying Sharp Program Saturday in White Plains

If you will be in Westchester County, NY, this weekend, please join us on Saturday, December 1, for our free Staying Sharp forum. The program includes a panel discussion from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with DABI members John H. Morrison, Ph.D., from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Rajiv R. Ratan, M.D., Ph.D., from Weill Cornell Medical College. They’ll share the latest information on the aging brain, memory, Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, and more. The experts will then take questions from the audience.

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Staying Sharp Program in Winston-Salem, NC

This past Saturday, April 14th, just over 400 people attended the free Staying Sharp forum in Liverpool, N.Y. The program was a huge success and the audience expressed great appreciation for the access to information about the aging brain. There will be another Staying Sharp event in Winston-Salem, N.C., next Saturday, April 28th.

Staying sharp panelLeft to right: Marilyn Pinsky, AARP (moderator), and panelists JoAnne Spoto-Decker, Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth, Sharon Brangman, M.D., Tarakad Ramachandran, M.D., and Nabil Aziz, M.D.

In Liverpool, crowds piled in early for the brain fair at 9 a.m., where they collected helpful materials and talked to local senior service organizations, AARP volunteers, and representatives from the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, including myself. Following the Brain Fair, professional trainer Gioia Gensini led the packed Holiday Inn Convention Center in a fun Brain Warm-Up, an exercise program to the timeless song “Mama Mia.” After working up a sweat and getting their blood flowing, the audience members were ready to sit and listen to the panel of experts cover topics pertinent to the aging brain: memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and successful aging. Even after the panel discussion ended, the audience remained engaged as a long line of inquisitive attendees participated in a Q&A with the panel.

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Free Staying Sharp Program in Syracuse, NY Area

If you live in the Syracuse, NY area please join us this Saturday, April 14th for our free Staying Sharp forum. The program will begin at 9 am with an hour-long brain fair, featuring fun and educational activities, quizzes, and more. Following the fair, from 10 am to 12 pm, experts from Upstate Medical University, Crouse Hospital, The Neurological Care Center, and Onondaga County Department of Aging will discuss the aging brain, memory, Alzheimer’s disease, and general brain health. This discussion will lead into an audience Q&A—if you have questions about memory or the brain you’ve always wanted to ask, this is a great opportunity. Finally, the program will conclude with additional hour of the brain fair.

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