DRUG ADDICTION: from basic science to clinical management






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from basic science to clinical


Busto Arsizio, September 26





DiSTA, Biomedical Research Division, University of Insubria

Scientific Committee:

Tiziana Rubino

Fabio Fumagalli

Course Directors:

Daniela Parolaro

Giorgio Racagni

In collaboration with:


with the patronage of:


September 26, 2012

14.45-15.00 Welcome

Chairmen Daniela Parolaro and Giorgio Racagni

15.00-16.00 Neurobiology of addiction Pier Vincenzo Piazza (France) 16.00-17.00 Gender difference in drug addiction Walter Fratta (Italy)

17.00-17.30 Coffee break

17.30-18.30 Drug addiction in Italy Giovanni Serpelloni (Italy)

September 27, 2012

Chairmen Walter Fratta and Daniela Parolaro

9.30-10.00 Animal models of drug addiction Paola Fadda (Italy)

10.00-10.30 Cannabinoid abuse in adolescence Tiziana Rubino (Italy)

10.30-11.00 Cannabis and psychosis: how important is the relationship?

Robin Murray (UK)

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.00 Pharmacological treatment of cannabis abuse Margaret Haney (USA) 12.15-13.00 Round table: From Cannabis abuse to medical Cannabinoids

Vincenzo Di Marzo, Daniela Parolaro, Giorgio Racagni, Walter Fratta, Stephen Wright

13.00-14.30 Lunch

Chairmen Giorgio Racagni and Fabio Fumagalli

14.30-15.00 Neuroplastic changes following cocaine exposure during

adolescence Fabio Fumagalli (Italy)

15.00-15.30 To crave and to cope: pharmacological and psychosocial

treatments of cocaine abuse Ina Hinnenthal (Italy)

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-16.30 Cocaine-evoked synaptic plasticity in the mesolimbic system

Camilla Bellone (Switzerland)

16.30 -17.00 Designer Drugs Mariaelvina Sala (Italy)


September 28, 2012

Chairmen Alberto Panerai and Gilberto Gerra

9.30-10.00 Risk factors for vulnerability to psychostimulants Gilberto Gerra (Italy)

10.00-10.30 Opioid system as a junction in drug addiction

Patrizia Romualdi (Italy)

10.30-11.00 Pharmacological treatment of opioid dependence

Icro Maremmani (Italy)

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

Chairmen Luigi Cervo and Massimo Clerici

11.30-12.00 Alcoholism: translating preclinical findings into clinical practice

Roberto Ciccocioppo (Italy)

12.00-12.30 The role of memory in nicotine dependence: from molecular

mechanisms to potential interventions for smoking cessation

Christian Chiamulera (Italy)

12.30-13.00 Internet drugs Liana Fattore (Italy)

13.00-14.30 Lunch

Chairmen Luigi Cervo and Massimo Clerici

14.30-15.00 Comorbidity of psychiatric disorders with substance abuse

Massimo Clerici (Italy)

15.00-15.30 Abuse in the Varese/Milano territory

Vincenzo Marino, Riccardo Gatti (Italy)



The School will be held at the University of Insubria, in Busto Arsizio (Molini Marzoli, via A. da Giussano,12).

By car: once in Milan take the Highway A8 Milano-Laghi, direction

Varese. Exit at Busto Arsizio and follow the signs for Busto Arsizio. Then follow the signs for “Tecnocity-Molini Marzoli”.

By train from the following Milan stations:

-Cadorna Train Station - FNM : Regional Train – direction: Novara http://www.trenord.it/it/home.aspx or “Malpensa Express”- direction: Malpensa http://www.malpensaexpress.it/

-Porta Garibaldi or Central Train Station – FFSS – (Regional Train – direction: Varese/Domodossola) http://www.trenitalia.com/

From Malpensa Airport:

- by car, with the speed way n. 336 Busto – Malpensa - by taxi, (the taxi fare is around 30 Euro)

-by train, “Malpensa Express” to Busto Arsizio leaves every hour (departure from MXP at 43 minutes past the hour), check at http://www.malpensaexpress.it/

From Linate Airport: Linate is approx. 60 Kms. away and you will need to take a bus, underground and train to reach Busto Arsizio. Outside the arrivals terminal you can take the bus from the airport (service operated by "Starfly") to Milan Stazione Centrale which is approx. a 20 mins. trip. Buses run from 5.40 to 21.35 every half an hour. Once at the Stazione Centrale, take the escalator down to the subway, Green Line to Cadorna (FNM) or to Garibaldi (FS) stations.



To attend the Summer School, it will be necessary to be registered and have paid the corresponding fee.

The deadline for registration will be september 12th

Registration fee is 50 euros for young researcher under 38 years without stable position ( PhD, fellowship etc.) A copy of Identity Card is required together with a statement from the supervisor.

Regular fee is 100 euros

A registration form is included at the end of the announcement. It must be filled and sent to the organizers by e-mail

(roberto.battisti@uninsubria.it) or fax (+39 0332218909) together with the document attesting the registration fee payment (bank transfer or cheque copy).

Registration fee may be paid through:

Bank transfer to “Dipartimento di Scienze Teoriche e Applicate” BANCA INTESA SANPAOLO SPA - VARESE - FILIALE n. 03842 IBAN: IT98Q0306910810100000301048

codice BIC : BCITITMMI64

(please attach a copy to your registration form and indicate in the transfer

“registration to the International Insubria Summer School on Drug Addiction” and the name of attendant(s))

Scientific Committee

Daniela Parolaro daniela.parolaro@uninsubria.it

Giorgio Racagni giorgio.racagni@unimi.it

Tiziana Rubino tiziana.rubino@uninsubria.it


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q € 100,00 q € 50,00 under 38 (a copy of ID is required)

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A copy of the transaction statement should be send e-mail

(roberto.battisti@uninsubria.it) or fax (+39 0332218909) together with the registration form.

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DRUG ADDICTION: from basic science to clinical






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