2022 UTHealth Addictions Conference

Closing the Gap Between Science and Practice

Date: August 26 and 27 (Friday and Saturday), 2022
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM)
Address: 1825 Pressler St, Houston, TX 77030

Registration is now open! Click here to register!


Course Overview

Addiction is a complex brain disease that affects millions of Americans with far-reaching and devastating consequences.  Scientific research over the years has advanced our understanding of the neurobiology of addiction and its treatment, using an array of effective behavioral and pharmacological interventions.  Despite significant advances, the vast majority of people in need fail to receive treatment that is based on scientific knowledge.  No other medical condition is treated this way.

The 2022 Houston Addiction Disorders Conference will address critical gaps that exist between science and practice in the field of drug addiction. Primary care is often the first entry point for patients with substance use disorders.  Experts will talk about models for integrating addiction medicine into primary care, along with efforts to improve substance abuse education and training for medical students, physicians, and other health care professionals. Other novel models for closing the gap will be showcased, including integration of addiction treatment with behavioral health care services for people experiencing homelessness, with co-occurring mental health conditions, or living with or affected by HIV.  It often takes years for research findings to affect treatment delivery.  We will present results from recent clinical trials revealing promising new medications and behavioral therapies for treating substance use disorders for tobacco, alcohol, stimulants and opioids.

This Conference is intended to help narrow the gaps in communication by bringing together researchers, clinicians, and policymakers – all who share the goal of improving addiction treatment outcomes.


Registration Information

Early Bird registration (Before July 31, 2022)

Health Care Professionals……………………………………………………………………………….$360
(Including physicians, psychologists, scientists, nurses and nurses practitioners, physicians assistants, social workers, and other health care professionals)

Online attendance only (no ability to interact)……………………………………………….$335

Students, Trainees & Non-Health Care Professionals…………………………….……..$185
(Including residents, fellows, interns, and medical students)

Online attendance only (no ability to interact)………………………………………….……$160

Regular registration (After July 31, 2022)

Health Care Professionals…………………………………………………………………….….…….$410
(Including physicians, psychologists, scientists, nurses and nurses practitioners, physicians assistants, social workers, and other health care professionals)

 Online attendance only (no ability to interact)……………………………………………..$385

 Students, Trainees & Non-Health Care Professionals…………………………………$210
(Including residents, fellows, interns, and medical students)

 Online attendance only (no ability to interact)……………………………………………..$185


Agenda

Friday

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.Registration, Check-in, and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.Opening RemarksScott Lane, MD, PhD
Professor
Vice Chair For Research
Director Of Neurobehavioral Laboratory - Center For Neurobehavioral Research On Addiction
Director Of Research - UTHealth HCPC
9:15-10:15 a.m.Keynote Speaker 1: Translating addiction research into treatment practiceJennifer Potter, PhD, MPH
Vice President for Research
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UTHealth San Antonio
10:15-10:30 a.m.Q&A
SESSION 1Chair
Joy Schmitz, PhD
Louis A. Faillace, MD, Professor
Director On Center For Neurobehavioral Research On Addictions
Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UTHealth Houston
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.Substance Use Treatment Gaps across TexasJames Langabeer, PhD, EdD
Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
UTHealth Houston
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.Addiction, Mental Health, Homelessness: Barriers to Behavioral Health ServicesJane Hamilton, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UTHealth Houston
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Addressing Gaps in Addiction Education and Training Michael Weaver, MD, DFASAM
Professor
Medical Director - Center For Neurobehavioral Research On Addiction
Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UTHealth Houston
12:00 - 12:15 p.m.Q&A
12:15-1:15 p.m.Lunch
1:15-2:15 p.m.Keynote Speaker 2: Integrating of Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Medical SettingsMary Velasquez, PhD
Centennial Professor in Leadership for Community, Professional and Corporate Excellence
Director of the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute
The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work
2:15-2:30 p.m.Q&A
Session 2Chair
Michael Weaver, MD, DFASAM
Professor
Medical Director - Center For Neurobehavioral Research On Addiction
Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UTHealth Houston
2:30-3:00 p.m.A Community-Academic Partnership as a Model to bring Real Time Research to Support Individuals with Experiences of HomelessnessVanessa Schick, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Public Health
UTHealth Houston


Cathy Crouch, LCSW-S
Executive Vice-President of SEARCH Homeless Services
3:00-3:30 p.m.The Intersection of Substance Use, HIV Risk, and TraumaAngela Heads
Associate Professor
Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UTHealth Houston
3:30-4:00 p.m.Stress and Alcohol Use among FirefightersAnka Vujanovic
Associate Professor
Director, Trauma and Stress Studies Center (TaSSC)
Director of Graduate Education
Clinical Psychology
University of Houston
4:00-4:15 p.m.Q&A
4:15-4:30 p.m.Closing remakrsJoy Schmitz
Louis A. Faillace, MD, Professor
Director On Center For Neurobehavioral Research On Addictions
Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UTHealth Houston

Saturday

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.Registration, Check-in, and Breakfast
9:00-9:15 a.m.Opening RemarksScott Lane, MD, PhD
Professor
Vice Chair For Research
Director Of Neurobehavioral Laboratory - Center For Neurobehavioral Research On Addiction
Director Of Research - UTHealth HCPC
9:15-10:15 a.m.Keynote Lecture 3: Behavioral Therapy Research and Development in AddictionAlex Prokhorov
Professor
Department of Behavioral Science
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Houston, TX
10:15-10:30 a.m.Q&A
SESSION 3Chair
Luba Yammine, PhD
Associate Professor
Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UTHealth Houston
10:30-11:00 a.m.Developing Technology to Improve Access to Behavioral Health and Social Services for Individuals Affected by Substance Use DisordersBenson Irungu, PhD
Assistant Professor
Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UTHealth Houston
11:00-11:30 a.m.Acceptance and Commitment Training Workshops for Transdiagnostic DifficultiesLilian Dindo, PhD
Associate Professor
Health Services Research
Baylor College of Medicine
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Digital Mental Health Tools Jan Lindsay
Investigator, Behavioral Health Program
Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
12:00-12:15 p.m.Q&A
12:15-1:15 p.m.Lunch
1:15-2:15 p.m.Keynote Speaker 4: Medication development research in addictionMadhukar Trivedi, MD
Professor and Founding Director, Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care
Betty Jo Hay Distinguished Chair of Mental Health
Julie K. Hersh Chair for Depression Research and Clinical Care
Chief, Division of Mood Disorders
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
2:15-2:30 p.m.Q&A
Session 4Chair
Scott Lane
Professor
Vice Chair For Research
Director Of Neurobehavioral Laboratory - Center For Neurobehavioral Research On Addiction
Director Of Research - UTHealth HCPC
2:30-3:00 p.m.Opioid Use Disorder Medications: The Challenge of FentanylTom Kosten
Jay H. Waggoner Endowed Chair
Vice-Chair - Psychiatry for Research
Baylor College of Medicine
3:00-3:30 p.m.A Pilot Trial of Exenatide Once-Weekly Adjunct to Nicotine Patch for Smoking Cessation and Mitigation of Post-Cessation Weight GainLuba Yammine
Associate Professor
Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UTHealth Houston
3:30-4:00p.m.Medications development for Alcohol Use Disorder and Comorbid PTSDChris Verrico
Associate Professor
Psychiatry Research
Baylor College of Medicine
4:15-4:30 p.m.Q&A
4:15-4:30 p.m.Closing RemarksJoy Schmitz
Louis A. Faillace, MD, Professor
Director On Center For Neurobehavioral Research On Addictions
Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UTHealth Houston


Educational Information

PHYSICIANS – UTHealth Houston designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PSYCHOLOGISTS – The Louis A. Faillace, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity provides 12.0 hours of psychology continuing education credits.

NURSING – UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center is an approved provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Louisiana State Nurses Association Approver Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. LSNA Provider No. 4002179. This activity provides 12.0 contact hours of nursing continuing education.

SOCIAL WORKERS – This program has been approved for 12.0 credit hours in accordance with the requirements of the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners. Provider Sponsor: UT-Harris County Psychiatric Center/Provider Number: CS1177.


Parking

For parking, please use the AU Lot, located just west of the IMM building. Please click here to see a Google Map of the location.