The Pharmacology of a Public Health Emergency will be presented by Clarkson University Biology Professor Damien Samways at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m on Wednesday, September 23.
Traditionally, Science Cafes have brought together local university and college professors and townspeople in relaxed, informal settings, such as coffeehouses and pubs. For the health and safety of all, we are shifting to ZOOM, a virtual platform for the fall series of talks. The speaker will make a short presentation about a topic in his or her field and, as always, there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
Opioids provide one of the most effective means of pain relief, but instances of opioid overdose have claimed the lives of over 700,000 people in the U.S. in the last 20 years alone, and the annual mortality rate continues to climb. Despite over 100 years of research, during which the addictive nature of oxycodone was recognized as early as 1939, understanding of opioid pharmacology among clinical and public health professionals remains poor. In this talk, Professor Damien Samways (Biology, Clarkson) will attempt to demystify the pharmacology of opioids, explaining their effects on the central nervous system and how their relative potencies and ceiling effect maximums can be altered by changes in neuronal opioid receptor density.
Not familiar with virtual event participation? We will use ZOOM which allows participants to connect with or without ZOOM installed on your device. Use the following link to access the Zoom Help Center, which offers information, instructions and assistance to new Zoom users. https://support.zoom.us
Zoom meeting links for each talk (required to access the meeting) will be sent to all past Science Cafe participants who shared their email addresses. If we do not have your email address and you would like to attend, please send your request or any questions to ScienceCafe@Clarkson.edu or visit http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe for updates.