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Special Guest Lecture January 17, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Alcohol Dependence and Intermediate Phenotypes: 
The Emerging Promise of Epigenetics  

Kent Hutchison, PhD
Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience
Director of Clinical & Population Neuroscience,
  IntermountainNeuroimaging Consortium
Director of Neuroscience Core, 
  Mind Research Network
University of Colorado at Boulder




Dr. Hutchison received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1995 from Oklahoma State University and then completed four years of postdoctoral training in addiction research at Brown University.  He joined the psychology department at the University of Colorado in 1998 as an assistant professor. Currently, Dr. Hutchison is the Chief Science Officer at the Mind Research Network and a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado. Dr. Hutchison’s program of research is focused on integrating neuroimaging and genetic approaches to the study of addiction in order to identify biomarkers that may be used predict the success of current treatment approaches or may be used to develop new treatments for addiction. Dr. Hutchison is involved in teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate levels and has a very active program of research with several grants from NIH, mostly focused on alcohol and tobacco dependence.

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