Public lecture: Tamara Phillips, Ph.D., speaks about addiction, Oct. 18

The Marquam Hill Lecture Series continues with Tamara Phillips, PhD., speaking on “Unraveling Addiction Using Behavioral Genetics.” The lecture will be held in the OHSU Auditorium and will begin at 7:30 p.m. on October 18, 2012.

About the lecture

Like cake or sex, the effects of drugs cause some people to increase activities to get more drugs, cruelly reinforcing the stranglehold of addiction. OHSU scientists are studying this compelling effect of drug and alcohol use, which occurs more strongly in some people than in others. They hope to unravel the mystery of how – and why – this compulsion develops.

Tamara Phillips, Ph.D., is an award-winning researcher, a professor of behavioral neuroscience in the OHSU School of Medicine and a senior research career scientist at the Portland VA Medical Center. She asks: What if we could identify the genes that predispose some people to be attracted to drugs or alcohol? She and colleagues focus on the genetic dissection of behavioral traits thought to influence risk for the development of alcoholism and drug abuse.

In the first Marquam Hill Lecture of the 2012-13 season, Dr. Phillips will explain this fascinating body of research, and share the potential therapies that may arise from it.

Lectures are free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are requested. Register for this lecture today!