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In Person Seminar: Addiction Recovery: From Culture to Science

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John Kelly, Ph.D.

John Kelly, Ph.D.

Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine
Founder and Director, MGH Recovery Research Institute
Founder and Director, National Center on Youth Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery
Harvard Medical School

Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar: Addiction Recovery: From Culture to Science 

Date: April 12, 2024

Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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About this Seminar

During the past 50 years a great deal has been learned about the etiology, epidemiology, typology, and phenomenology of addiction that has uncovered its complex causes, natural history, and highly variable presentation and clinical course. These novel findings have given rise to a number of clinical paradigm shifts and increased awareness of the many pathways through and out of addiction and into remission and long-term recovery. Also, while the concept of addiction "recovery" has been culturally commonplace during this period, reflecting a general process of salubrious change as individuals achieve more stable remission, in more recent years researchers have begun systematically to delineate formal operational definitions of the recovery construct in order to investigate and unravel its mobilizers and active ingredients. This lecture will review briefly the new knowledge gained during the past 50 years and describe how this has led to a new movement of addiction recovery science that promises to better inform the nature and scope of the type of clinical and public health infrastructure needed to address it.

Additional Details

This is a free event hosted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and co-sponsored by the institute's Center for Health Behaviors Research and the Addiction Recovery Research Center. The Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series, which runs annually from September to May, has featured leading biomedical researchers from throughout the country since the program began in 2012. The lectures are also open to all members of the Virginia Tech community including graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, and staff, as well as the public.

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