Brain School: The Nature of Addiction

Addiction has traditionally been treated as an acute problem, but the current clinical, research, and social landscapes are converging to approach addiction as a chronic disease. This panel discussion will be moderated by Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Virginia Tech’s vice president for health sciences and technology. The panelists include Warren Bickel, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, director of the VTCRI Addiction Recovery Research Center, co-director of the VTCRI Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors, and a professor of psychology in the College of Science; John Burton, the chair of emergency medicine at Carilion Clinic; Beth Macy, author of the upcoming book “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America”; Bob Trestman, the senior vice president and chair of psychiatry at Carilion Clinic and the chair of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; and Phyllis Whitehead, a palliative care clinical nurse specialist at Carilion Clinic.