Addiction: Medical Condition or Moral Breakdown?

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Addiction: Medical Condition or Moral Breakdown?

March 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - March 25, 2015 @ 8:30 pm

Join The Franklin Institute and leading experts from the Greater Philadelphia area for a series of six conversations neuroscience and society. These informative and engaging conversations will help you understand how the adolescent brain develops, how stress and our emotions influence decision-making, how addiction affects the brain, and more.


The human brain is an extraordinarily complex and fine- tuned communications network that governs our thoughts, emotions, and actions. When drugs enter the brain, they can interrupt this network and change how the brain performs. But, what prompts first-time use? Are some individuals more likely to become addicts than others? Join experts in the field of addiction research from Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Treatment Research Institute to learn about the biological mechanisms of addiction and discuss our changing societal response.

$5.00 for Non-Members

Free for Members

Tickets are now available for purchase by calling the box office 215-448-1200 or online


Anna Rose Childress, Ph.D.

Director of the Brain-Behavioral Vulnerabilities Laboratory, Center for Studies of Addiction, University of Pennsylvania

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board, Treatment Research Institute

Sara Jane Ward, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Temple University 


March 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
March 25, 2015 @ 8:30 pm


The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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