Dr. Yasmin Hurd Gives Standing-Room-Only Lecture on Addiction and the Vulnerable Brain

November 02, 2016
On Wednesday, November 2nd, the Conversations on Diversity & Social Justice Series continued with an outstanding presentation by Dr. Yasmin Hurd.  Dr. Hurd spoke to students and faculty in a packed Regina Peruggi Room on the topic of “Addiction Neuroscience–Insights into the Vulnerable Brain.”  Her talk explored cutting-edge studies on addiction and some of the neurobiological mechanisms associated with it.

Dr. Hurd shared findings from her ongoing research into the role of genetics on drug addiction.  She explained that while multiple factors–including behavioral traits and environmental conditions–contribute to addiction, neuroscientists are making strides in understanding the genetics of addiction.  She traced the brain’s development process from pre-conception through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood to explain how it is impacted by a number of factors, including the behavior of parents and grandparents.  She argued that such insights into addiction should inform how society views and treats this disorder.

Dr. Hurd is Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Pharmacological Sciences as well as the Ward Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City.  She is an internationally renowned scientist whose research examines the neurobiology of drug abuse and related psychiatric orders.  In addition to her research endeavors, Dr. Hurd is the Director for the Center for Addictive Disorders within the Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System, which covers one of the largest addiction populations in the United States.

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