November 6, 2017

Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Symposium

Pain and the Opioid Epidemic - November 27

This year’s Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Symposium will focus on how challenges associated with managing acute and chronic pain have led to an explosion in the abuse of prescription pain medications and a nationwide epidemic. Panelists will consider how to inform health care policies that impact the opioid epidemic by asking:

  • How can we use the wealth of epidemiological, clinical, and basic science information about the biology of pain and addiction to stem the opioid epidemic?
  • What can be done now?
  • What should be done in the longer term?
Pioneering pain researcher, Dr. Allan Basbaum, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco, and member of the National Academy of Medicine, will describe the current understanding of the neurobiology of pain and discuss opportunities to translate knowledge about basic research into treatments for various types of pain, as the country continues to confront real life challenges.
The plenary lecture will be followed by a panel of University of Michigan faculty who will address various facets of the opioid epidemic across a wide range of disciplines; including:
  • Epidemiological aspects of opioid use and abuse
  • Clinical aspects of acute and chronic pain treatment
  • Neurobiological and behavioral mechanisms that predispose to substance use and addiction, and
  • Molecular and pharmacological aspects of opioid actions 

A closing reception for all guests will follow the symposium.

Please save the date:
Monday, November 27, 2017
3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Ford Auditorium
Click here to register for this important event.