Alcohol and the Nervous System


The 2020 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Alcohol and the Nervous System will provide a unique forum to bring together a diverse range of young and established alcohol researchers and experts in complementary fields. 

The conference will cover a broad range of studies at the molecular, cellular, circuit/systems and behavioural level, with particular emphasis on multidisciplinary work and innovative approaches. Talks will address questions centred on the neural substrates that contribute to alcohol-related health disorders across the entire lifespan and will include systems ranging across phylogeny. Participation by young investigators will be strongly emphasized. 

The central goals of the conference are to:

  1. Foster deep and open discussion of groundbreaking research at the forefront of the investigation into alcohol effects on the nervous system and related neuroscience areas.
  2. To highlight cutting edge neuroscience techniques that facilitate the discovery of brain mechanisms driving alcohol drinking and abuse and those involved in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
  3. To promote interaction between young and senior investigators and the exchange of ideas that will shape future directions of alcohol neuroscience research.
  4. To foster the development of the next generation of alcohol researchers by encouraging the participation of students and postdoctoral fellows.
  5. To recruit scientists from related research areas to the alcohol addiction field by promoting and fostering new collaborations.