Get an introduction to the latest scientific findings on addiction’s effect on the brain in an incisive talk by UC Berkeley professor, Mark D’Esposito. Understand how certain circuits in the brain that normally guide goal-directed behavior are malfunctioning in the throes of addiction. Dr. Esposito also explains novel cognitive and pharmacological treatments in clinical settings.
Dr. Mark D’Esposito is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, and Director of the Henry H. Wheeler, Jr. Brain Imaging Center at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Director of the Neurorehabilitation Unit at the Northern California VA Health Care System and Adjunct Professor of Neurology at UCSF. He received his MD at SUNY Syracuse and completed a neurology residency and fellowship at Boston University. In 1993, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurolog at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he remained until his arrival to UC Berkeley in 2000. His lab investigates the role of prefrontal cortex in working memory and cognitive control utilizing different experimental approaches such as functional MRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation, pharmacological interventions and behavioral studies of healthy individuals and those with neurological disorders. Dr. D’Esposito is the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and numerous awards such as the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology from American Academy of Neurology and the Best Doctors in America. He has trained over 60 post-doctoral fellows and graduate students and is the Principal Investigator on several NIH, private foundation and VA-funded projects. He has author over 275 research publications as well as six books on the topics of behavioral neurology and cognitive neuroscience.