The Mind-Brain Relationship and Addiction

About the event

On Tuesday, October 20, from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM, the uOttawa Institute for Science, Society and Policy and the Royal Canadian Institute for Science will host the first panel of the fourth year of the ISSP-RCIScience Lecture Series. The series focusses on the impact of emerging science and technology on society.

How do the brain pathways of reward and reinforcement work, e.g. involving the neurotransmitter dopamine? Can brain changes be reversed after the substance use or behavior is discontinued? How does addiction work in the brain? What tools can be used to mitigate addiction? What are the societal implications – is there a continuum of prevention strategies, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems that can be used? What would be the policy challenges or implications to emerging research re: addictions?

Welcome Remarks

Margaret McCuaig-Johnston

Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, Senior Fellow, ISSP, uOttawa


Ursula Gobel, Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement and Advancement of Society, SSHRC


Patrick Fafard

Patrick Fafard, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, uOttawa





Amy Porath, Director of Research, Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction





Andra Smith, Full Professor, Brain and Mind Research Institute, uOttawa

Helle Tosine

Helle Tosine, Past Board Chair, Royal Canadian Institute for Science

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