NEW! Addiction Conference 2020

In light of COVID-19 and relevant institutional policies, the organizing committee for Treating The Addiction Epidemic Conference has decided to postpone the April 17 conference, hopefully to early in the next academic year. More information will be provided once a new date for the event is set.

Treating the Addiction Epidemic: Prevention, Treatment & Alternatives to Opioid Use

The students of the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University present a one-day symposium for students, physicians, and allied health professionals on the prevention and treatment of addiction. The goal of the conference is to provide attendees a focus on solving gaps in addiction training across health professions and specialties.

Experts will lead a variety of workshops on topics such as opioid prescribing practices, substance use among adolescents and marginalized populations, addiction and the criminal justice system, tele-medicine & mobile treatments, training healthcare professionals to provide care for patients living with substance use disorders and many more!


This year's conference keynote will feature Yasmin Hurd, PhD, director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai and the Ward-Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience. Dr. Hurd has been featured in TIME magazine, New York Daily News, and CNN. Her research uses translational approaches to examine the interplay of risk factors for addiction disorders like genetics and developmental exposures to drugs of abuse to innovate and advance treatment and interventions.





7 - 8 a.m.   Registration & Breakfast  
8 - 8:20 a.m. Opening Remarks

Asaf Keller, PhD
Professor & Interim Chair, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology 

Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA
John Z. & Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Medicine 

Nickole Kanyuch
MD, PhD candidate UMSOM, President, SeizingPsych, Inc.

8:20 - 9:20 a.m.

Innovations in Treatment Access
Tele-medicine & Mobile Treatment

Christopher Welsh, MD
Medical Director-UMMC Substance Abuse Consultation Service Medical Director-UMMC Outpatient Addiction Treatment Services, Associate Professor of Psychiatry

 Megan Buresh, MD
Medical Director, Inpatient Addiction Consult Service, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center,
Assistant Professor of Medicine JHSOM

9:20 - 9:30 a.m. Break  
9:30 - 10:10 a.m. Harm Reduction in Action

Harm Reduction Coalition & Bridges Coalition

10:10 - 10:40 a.m. Heroin and Non-Medical Prescription Opioid Use Among Adolescents

Renee M Johnson, PhD
Associate Professor of Mental Health, JHSPH

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Training Healthcare Professionals to Provide Care for Patients with SUDs

Paul Sacco, PhD, MSW
Associate Dean for Research & Associate Professor, UMSSW

11:30 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. Lunch  
12:40 -12:45 p.m. Dean’s Greeting

Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean of UM School of Nursing, Professor of Family and Community Health, Director of Center for Interprofessional Education (University of Maryland, Baltimore)

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Keynote

Yasmin Hurd, PhD
Director of Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai, Professor of Pharmacological Sciences, Neuroscience & Psychiatry

1:45 - 2 p.m. Break  
2 - 2:30 p.m. A Doctor's Fight Agianst Addiction, Poverty, and Depression  Jason Ramirez, MD
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, UMSOM 
2:30 – 3:20 p.m. Opioid Agonist Treatment

Michael I Fingerhood, MD
Medical Director, the Comprehensive Care Practice, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Associate Professor of Medicine JHSOM

3:20 - 3:35 p.m.  Break  
3:35 - 4:45 p.m. 

Addiction in the Criminal Justice System Panel


Moderator:  Jennay Ghowrwal, MHS
Founder of REMIND, 2018 OSI Community Fellow, Doctoral Candidate UMCP Department of Criminology

Richard Boldt, JD
T. Carroll Brown Professor of Law at UMB

Eric Wish, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of Center for Substance Abuse Research at UMCP

Jason Atzmon
Statewide LEAD Coordinator, Director of Justice Reinvestment at Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention 

4:45-5 p.m.  Closing Remarks 

Cassie Wicken, MHS
MD candidate UMSOM

Asaf Keller, PhD
Professor & Interim Chair, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology