About the Conference
No single field of knowledge can hold the keys to solving the addiction crisis that we face. The Rural Drug Addiction Research (RDAR) Center seeks to advance our understanding of drug addiction by linking pre-clinical studies to field-based behavioral, neural, social, and clinical research. In addition to our research partners, we are also committed to working within communities, and reaching out to the professionals directly involved with rural drug addiction – medical, mental health, treatment and recovery, law enforcement and public policy – to learn from your knowledge and experience. Center-sponsored projects will range from the microscopic world of the synapse in human biology to the social and geographical environments in which drug use interventions take place, exploring rural drug addiction from synapse to society.
The 2019 Conference was held in the Wick Alumni Center from November 1-2, 2019 with dinner Friday night at Morrill Hall in the Elephant Room. Sixty-nine attendees joined the Center in discussing rural addiction. Below find the keynote speakers, their powerpoint presentations and the list of panelists at the conference.
We hope you'll join us in the years to come.
Tamara Phillips-Richards (OHSU)Identify Genes That Impact Methamphetamine Use Disorder
Dr. Tamara Phillips received her PhD from the State University of New York in Albany and is Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University and Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. She is the Director of the NIAAA-funded Portland Alcohol Research Center and current President of the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism).View Powerpoint
Lane Strathearn (Iowa)THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF MATERNAL ADDICTION: WHAT’S ATTACHMENT GOT TO DO WITH IT?
Dr Strathearn is Professor of Pediatrics and the Division Director for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Iowa, as well as Physician Director of the Center for Disabilities and Development at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. He holds the William E. Bell/Gail A. McGuiness Endowed Chair for Pediatric Neurodevelopment.View Powerpoint
Hannah CooperTHE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN RURAL KENTUCKY: RISK ENVIRONMENTS & BUPRENORPHINE DISPENSING
Dr. Cooper is the Rollins Chair of Substance Use Disorder Research, and Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. She is Co-Director of the Emory University Center for AIDS Research Prevention Sciences Core, and Director of the Rollins Program on Substance Use Disorders.View Powerpoint
Panel Discussion on Rural Health:
TAMMY STEVENSON, Executive Director, The Bridge Behavioral Health
CHRISTINE CHASEK, Associate Professor — UNK
DENNIS E. McCHARGUE, Associate Professor and Co-Director — Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology
FELICIA QUINTANA-ZINN, Drug Overdose Prevention Epidemiologist — Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Panel Discussion on Public Policy:
ALENA A. BALASANOVA, M.D. - Nebraska Medicine’s Addiction Services Outpatient Clinic
KEN ZOUCHA, Assistant Professor — Nebraska Medical Center
KATE SPECK, Senior Research Manager — UNL Public Policy Center
THERESA BARRON-McKEAGNEY, Associate Dean — College of Public Affairs and Community Service