[ASC-media] Addiction - what if it's genetic
niall at byc.com.au
Sat Jul 5 09:15:27 EST 2003
Press conference 1 pm Sat 5 July, Jeffs Shed
Fruit flies on crack cocaine are unravelling the links between genetics and
human drug addiction
What are the implications?
Will we be able to plea in court that our genes made us do it?
Will biotech companies offer susceptibility tests?
How could a better understanding of the links between genetics and
addiction actually help people addicted to cocaine and other drugs.
Jay Hirsh from the University of Virginia is using fruit flies as a model to
uncover human cocaine response pathways. His work shows links between
stress, our circadian clocks and drug addiction.
Hes presenting his research at a public forum in Melbourne at 2 pm today
preceded by a press conference at 1 pm.
Hell be joined by
§ Prof Wayne Hall, University of Queensland,
§ Les Twentyman, Open Family Australia,
§ Prof Jayashri Kulkarni, Alfred Hospital
Press conference 1 pm Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Level 2 Auditorium,
Free public forum 2 4pm, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Level 2 Auditorium,
The forum is a precursor to the International Congress of Genetics.
The event proper opens this Sunday evening with media conferences starting
from 12 noon and a preview of the opening ceremony at 4 pm.
Key media dates and times for the opening weekend are:
§ Saturday 5 July, 1 pm Public Forum , Genetics of Addiction with Jay
Hirsh (University of Virginia)
§ Saturday, 5 July, 7 pm Man, Beast and Zombie: what genetics can and
cant tell us about human nature (Redback Hotel, Flemington Road)
§ Sunday 6 July, 10 am Media room opens, 1 pm opening press
conferences, 2 pm GM delegates debate, 4 pm opening ceremony preview, 7.30
pm opening ceremony (Melbourne Convention Centre
Congress details online at: www.geneticscongress2003.org
More about Jay Hirsh at www.virginia.edu/biology/Fac/HirshHome.html
More about Man, Beast and Zombie www.kenanmalik.com
Media contacts: Niall Byrne: 0417 131 977, Jenni Metcalfe: 0408 551 866
XIX International Congress of Genetics
Melbourne, 6-11 July 2003
& Science Communication Consultant
PO Box 199 Drysdale 3222 Australia
(185 Scotchmans Road Portarlington 3223)
Ph +61 3 5253 1391, fax +61 3 9923 6008, mobile 0417 131 977
niall at byc.com.au
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