Neuroscience of addiction

BAR HARBOR — Vivek Kumar joins the College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum on Tuesday, March 5 to talk about his work at The Jackson Laboratory studying the neuroscience of addiction and how his lab uses computational and engineering tools to study its etiology. The free talk begins at 4:10 p.m. in McCormick Lecture Hall.

By understanding the biological reasons some individuals are at greater risk for addiction, Kumar hopes to find new ways to prevent people from being addicted and get help for those who already are. He is an advocate for evidence-based treatment approaches to addiction, which is considered a chronic brain disease.

Kumar has given a TedXDirigo talk and published extensively on this topic. He is also a board member of Acadia Family Center, a nonprofit addiction treatment and family counseling facility on Mount Desert Island.

Kumar has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D from the University of California, San Diego. He carried out postdoctoral research at Northwestern University and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is a member of The Jackson Laboratory faculty, focusing on the genetics of addiction.

The Human Ecology Forum is a free, weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend. Contact COA at 288-5015.


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