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Drug misuse and addiction is a pressing and often unmet health problem nationwide and throughout Tennessee. Although it has attracted widespread attention in legislatures and the media, the epidemic of opiate abuse is only one dimension of drug abuse that afflicts individuals, families, and communities - with profound, long-standing, and often tragic medical and psychosocial outcomes.

This is the second Addiction Symposium sponsored by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center's College of Medicine that is designed as a concentrated update on key issues in drug misuse and addiction. Experts in addictive disorders will address a wide spectrum of basic and clinical topics from the genetics of addiction to nicotine and predictive indices of human addiction, as well as the clinical presentation and diagnosis of addictions. The symposium will be transmitted by Zoom and is accredited for 2 hours of CME.

Date: May 4, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm CDT



12:00 – 12:12 pm

Introduction to the misuse and addiction to opiates, alcohol and nicotine and synopsis of opiate addiction in Tennessee
Burt Sharp, MD
Distinguished Professor
Departments of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics and Medicine
UTHSC College of Medicine

12:12 – 12:17 pm

The severity of the addiction epidemic in Tennessee and the leadership needed by UTHSC in the discovery of novel treatment
Randy Boyd
President, University of Tennessee

12:17 – 12:35 pm

Building Strong Brains during a Pandemic
Rev. Charlie Caswell
Director, Legacy of Legends

12:35 – 12:53 pm

Approach to Diagnosing Addictive Disorders
Ronald L. Cowan, MD, PhD
Harrison Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry
UTHSC College of Medicine

12:53 – 1:11 pm

Transmissible liability for addiction; a developmental perspective
Maureen Reynolds, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Science
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

1:11 – 1:16 pm

A national center for highly replicable animal studies of addiction
Robert Williams, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Genetics, Genomics, and Informatics
UTHSC College of Medicine

1:16 – 1:28 pm

Genetic factors influencing socially-acquired voluntary nicotine intake in rats
Hao Chen, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology, Addiction Science, and Toxicology
UTHSC College of Medicine

1:28 – 1:40 pm

Factors that influence the severity of ethanol's effects in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)
Kristin Hamre, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
UTHSC College of Medicine

1:40 – 2:00 pm Combatting the stigma of substance use treatment seeking in the African American community
Karen Derefinko, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine
Department of Pharmacology, Addiction Science, and Toxicology
UTHSC College of Medicine


AMA Credit Designation: The University of Tennessee College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Education for Non-Physicians: The University of Tennessee College of Medicine will issue Certificates of Attendance to non-physicians for attending this activity and designates it for a maximum of 2 CEUs using the national standard that 1 hour of educational instruction is awarded .2 CEU. 

Accreditation: The University of Tennessee College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

May 26, 2022