Symposium speakers 2015: Patricia Janak

Neuro X is the title and theme for the May 1 symposium hosted by Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology. The event kicks off with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Owens Auditorium, between CRB I and CRB II on the Johns Hopkins University medical campus. Talks begin at 9 a.m. Posters featuring multidisciplinary research from across many Hopkins divisions and departments will be on display from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

One of this year’s speakers is Patricia Janak, PhD.

Patricia Janak, PhD

Patricia Janak, PhD

Patricia Janak is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, with joint appointments in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and at the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is known for her research on behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms of associative learning to better understand how stimuli associated with drugs and alcohol can cause addicts to relapse. Dr. Janak is interested in neural mechanisms underlying reward learning, for both natural and drug rewards. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from Rutgers University and her PhD in biopsychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Janak conducted postdoctoral research at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. From 1999 to 2014, Dr. Janak was faculty at the University of California, San Francisco where she was the Howard J. Weinberger, MD Endowed Chair in Addiction Research at the University of California, San Francisco, where she researched potential treatments for addiction. She joined the Hopkins faculty in 2014 as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. She serves on numerous advisory boards and committees, including serving as an NIH study section chair and as an associate editor for Science Advance. In addition, she is involved with the newly created Science of Learning Institute Signature Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort dedicated to improving how people think and learn.

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