Opening Scientific Plenary

Friday, April 15, 2016 
8:30 am - 10:00 am  
Hilton Baltimore │Baltimore, MD



The ASAM 47th Annual Conference kicks off with the exciting Opening Scientific Plenary. Led by ASAM President R. Jeffrey Goldsmith, MD, DLFAPA, DFASAM, the Opening Scientific Plenary features an exciting lineup of ASAM award winners and leaders in the Addiction Medicine field.

Distinguished Speakers


Nora Volkow, MD - Director of The National Institute on Drug Abuse

Nora Volkow's work has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain.  As a research psychiatrist and scientist, Dr. Volkow pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs. Her studies have documented changes in the dopamine system affecting, among others, the functions of frontal brain regions involved with motivation, drive, and pleasure in addiction. She has also made important contributions to the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD, and aging.

Dr. Volkow has published more than 580 peer-reviewed articles and written more than 90 book chapters and non-peer reviewed manuscripts, and has also edited three books on neuroimaging for mental and addictive disorders. She has been the recipient of multiple awards throughout her professional career.

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William Miller, PhD - R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award Winner

ASAM will honor William Miller, PhD as the recipient of the R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award. This award recognizes and honors an individual who has made highly meritorious contributions in advancing the scientific understanding of alcoholism, its prevention and treatment.

Dr. William R. Miller is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico.  He served as Director of Clinical Training for UNM's APA-approved doctoral program in clinical psychology and as Co-Director of UNM’s Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA).  Dr. Miller’s publications include over 50 books and 400 articles and chapters.  Fundamentally interested in the psychology of change, he has focused in particular on the development, testing, and dissemination of behavioral treatments for addictions.  With more than 40 years of experience in addiction research and treatment, he has served as principal investigator for numerous research grants and contracts, founded a private practice group, directed a large public treatment program, and served as a consultant to many organizations including the United States Senate, the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health.  In recognition of his research contributions, Dr. Miller is a recipient of the international Jellinek Memorial Award, two career achievement awards from the American Psychological Association, and an Innovators in Combating Substance Abuse award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  He maintains an active interest the interface of spirituality and psychology.  The Institute for Scientific Information has listed him as one of the world’s most cited scientists.    

Governor Peter Shumlin - Governor of Vermont

As Governor, Peter Shumlin is determined to get tough things done. Since his inauguration, he has been working hard to create jobs for those who need them and raise incomes for those who have jobs, control skyrocketing health care costs, expand broadband and cell service to every corner of the state, reduce recidivism, invest in quality education opportunities, and rebuild our roads and bridges. Taken together, these and other key goals represent an ambitious agenda to create a brighter economic future for Vermonters.

Peter Shumlin is a small business owner, public servant and father of two from Putney, Vermont. Peter is the father of two daughters, Olivia and Rebecca. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking and cross country skiing. He likes to fish, hunt and garden and can sometimes be found spreading manure and cutting hay at his farm.

Governor Shumlin is the 81st Governor of Vermont.