Bestselling author to address addiction recovery

FOR RELEASE: Feb. 2, 2007

GALVESTON, Texas - The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston will host a seminar by bestselling author John Bradshaw at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in Levin Hall Auditorium, on the corner of Market and 10th streets in Galveston. The event is free and open to the public.

A nationally renowned expert on family, substance abuse and addiction, Bradshaw will speak on "The Affect System and Brain Research: The New Frontier of Addiction" as part of a lecture series sponsored by the UTMB Center for Addiction Research and the UTMB Office of Community Outreach.

Kathryn Cunningham, director of the UTMB Center for Addiction Research, says she appreciates Bradshaw's efforts to understand the links between the brain mechanisms that underlie addiction and emotion and mood. "Addiction is a brain disease, and advances in understanding brain mechanisms though which drugs of abuse modify memory, mood and emotion are providing new directions in addiction treatment and prevention," Cunningham says. "The goals of our center are to stimulate and support discovery and translational research in the addictive processes to best design targeted prevention, diagnostic and treatments for this disorder."

Through five New York Times bestsellers - including "Healing the Shame That Binds You" in 1988 and "Family Secrets" in 1995 - Bradshaw pioneered the concept of the "inner child" and brought the term "dysfunctional family" into the mainstream. His books have sold more than 4 million copies in North America.

Bradshaw also created and hosted four nationally broadcast PBS television series, including "Bradshaw on Homecoming," a 10-part series that aired in 1990 and was nominated for an Emmy Award. As host of a nationally syndicated daily talk show, "The Bradshaw Difference," he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1991.

Bradshaw is a lifelong resident of Houston and completed his education in Canada, where he studied for the Roman Catholic priesthood, earning three degrees from the University of Toronto.

To learn more about Bradshaw's speaking engagement, contact Eliza Quigley, director of operations and planning at UTMB's Center for Addiction Research, at (409) 772-9653. Quigley will also have information for social workers about earning continuing education units at the event. Parking is available in surface lots on Mechanic Street at 11th and 12th streets, and on the corner of Market and 11th streets.

UTMB's Center for Addiction Research was established in 2004 to coordinate research, education and community outreach related to research in addiction. The center focuses on translational research - science that translates into patient care - by creating opportunities for interdisciplinary investigation and training researchers in translational approaches. More information may be found at www.utmb.edu/addiction.
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