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Caron Treatment Centers to Host 4th Annual Addiction Research Symposium in Conjunction with New ASAM Fundamentals Course

October 24 & 25 Programs to Provide Physicians and Allied Health Professionals Unique Educational Opportunities to Learn More about Treatment and Current Research in Substance Use Disorders

July 30, 2019Caron Treatment Centers, a leading, nationally and internationally recognized not-for-profit dedicated to addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment, research, prevention and medical education, announces that it will host its 4th Annual Addiction Research Symposium on Friday, October 25, 2019, at its Wernersville campus near Reading, Pa. During the symposium leaders in the field of addiction medicine will share cutting-edge research and latest evidence-based practices and treatment models.

“Research is a critical component in evolving treatment and finding the most effective ways to address America’s addiction crisis,” said Dr. Joseph Garbely, DFASAM, Vice President of Medical Services and Caron’s Medical Director. “We believe that by connecting health care providers and the treatment community with these leading researchers, we can improve the care and lives of those suffering from substance use disorder.

Featured Speakers and Topics:

  • Daniel Morgan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Penn State College of Medicine
    Therapeutic Uses and Neuropsychiatric Liabilities for Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Chronic Pain
  • Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD, Founding Director of the Charles O’Brien Center for Addiction Treatment, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
    The mu Opioid Receptor: Pivotal Element in Two Substance Use Disorders, but Over-Looked by Most Clinicians
  • Patricia “Sue” Grigson-Kennedy, MS, PhD, Neural and Behavioral Sciences Department Interim Chair, Penn State College of Medicine
    Use of an Animal Model to Understand Individual Vulnerability to Opioid Use Disorder and Novel Avenues for Treatment
  • Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
    Decoding Circuit Signatures of Addiction Recovery: Opportunities for Precision Medicine and Novel Interventions
  • Eric Strain, MD, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Research, Johns Hopkins
    Craving and Opioid Use: What We Think We Know and What We Really Don't Know

In addition, to the Research Symposium, Caron has partnered with the American Society of Addiction Medicine to present its ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Course at its Ray & Carole Neag Medical Center on October 24, 2019. The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine--A Live Workshop is a practical, case-based workshop in which participants interact in small groups to discuss information about SUD and its appropriate diagnosis and treatment. The session will include a mix of brief lectures, demonstration of practice-related skills, and skills building.

“We are excited to work with ASAM to bring its ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Course to Reading,” continued Garbely. “1 in 3 American families deal with substance use disorder. Therefore, primary care providers need to be better equipped to diagnose and treat substance use disorder in their practices. This program is designed to help them do that.”

Participants in both programs can earn up to 13 CME credits. For more information or to pre-register for either or both events visit

About Caron Treatment Centers
With 60 years in the field, Caron Treatment Centers operates lifesaving addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment. Caron is headquartered in Wernersville, Pennsylvania with Ocean Drive and Caron Renaissance located in Palm Beach County, Florida. Caron has Recovery Centers in New England, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., which offer community and recovery support. Caron’s Recovery Centers in Atlanta and New York City also offer pre- and post-treatment services. Caron has the most extensive continuum of care including teens, and adults, chronic pain, executives, healthcare professionals and legal professionals. Caron’s outcomes-driven treatment care plans are customized to meet the needs of individuals and families – with highly trained teams prepared to address co-occurring disorders. Caron offers an innovative approach to ongoing recovery care support for its former patients and their families with online peer groups and other resources during the first year of transition following discharge. For more information on Caron, please visit Caron at or follow us on Twitter @CaronTreatment

Media Contacts

Kristin Campbell-Salamone

Corporate Director of PR & Communications, Caron
215-292-5526 |

Katie Kennedy
Senior Vice President, Gregory FCA

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