Transdisciplinary Research in Addiction Science

Launch of University-Wide Training Program for Doctoral Students

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Transdisciplinary Research Paradigms in Neurodegenerative Disease

With a Focus on Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease

Richard Myers, PhD

Richard Myers

Richard Myers, Ph.D.
Director, Neurogenetics Laboratory
Boston University School of Medicine

Rick Myers discusses the strengths, opportunities and challenges of transdisciplinary scientific research programs, using his lab’s work on Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease as examples.

BU’s New Transformative Training Program in Addiction Science (TTPAS)

Forum and Panel Discussion

The new TTPAS program prepares doctoral students from many BU schools and colleges  to apply diverse approaches to addiction research using tools from bench science, medicine. population studies, statistics and computational biology. TTPAS directors and faculty introduced this exciting new program and discussed its potential to advance a behavioral and biochemical focus  in addictions research and practice.

Lindsay Farrer, PhD

Lindsay Farrer

Lindsay Farrer, Ph.D. (forum presenter and panel chair)
TTPAS Co-director
Chief, Biomedical Genetics; Professor, Depts. of Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Genetics and Genomics, Boston University School of Medicine and Depts. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health.


Seminar Overview

Although much has been learned about the behaviors and biochemical imbalances associated with addictions, research leading to effective treatments has been slow.  Addiction researchers using clinical and epidemiological approaches usually do not collaborate with those conducting basic research in cells and animal models because they do not share the same language, skill sets or perspective. By comparison, there are areas in which a new generation of bilingual scientists has emerged, such as breast cancer and cardiovascular disease, and not surprisingly these are the areas where the most dramatic clinical progress has been made.

This seminar focused on on strategies for studying addictions and other complex diseases that integrate population, computational and basic science approaches. Faculty presenters unveiled a  new campuswide, cross-disciplinary training program for BU doctoral students studying addiction science.