Turning Point Symposium and Oration
Addiction Neuroscience and its Relationship to Policy and Practice
Professor Andrew J Lawrence - University of Melbourne - Stress and relapse: Insights from neuroscience.
Associate Professor Antonio Verejo-Garcia - Monash University - Drug Addiction: Neuroadaptations, Decision-making and Treatment Decisions.
Dr Victoria Manning - Turning Point - Neurocognition as a treatment target for addiction patients.
Professor Murat Yücel - Monash University - Using neuroscience to transform clinical assessment and improve treatment accessibility and tailoring.
Professor Marc Lewis
We are pleased to confirm that Professor Marc Lewis will be our orator for 2016 Oration. Professor Lewis from Canada is a neuroscientist and recently retired full professor from the Netherlands (2010 to 2016). He is the author or co-author of over 50 journal publications and more recently he has written two books on the science and experience of addiction. His first book, Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, blends his life story with a user-friendly account of how drugs affect the brain and how alterations in brain function help explain addiction. His second book, The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease, has stirred controversy among addicts, their families, addiction researchers, and treatment providers.
The Neuroscience of Addiction: Development, Not Disease. In recent decades doctors have branded addiction a chronic brain disease, and treated it as such. But in this provocative talk, neuroscientist and former addict Marc Lewis makes the convincing case that addiction isn’t a disease at all. Using biographical sketches and robust science, he explains how addiction changes the brain, how to view such changes in terms of neuroplasticity, and how a developmental approach to addiction can advance treatment strategies.