Covid-19 and Addiction: The Science of Relapse in a Pandemic


Wednesday, October 7, 2020


1:00pm - 2:00pm


Zoom Webinar


COVID-19 has generated a public health crisis that affects every household. And it’s exacerbating another widespread public health crisis that already was ongoing when the pandemic arrived: addiction and other mental health problems.

During the pandemic, complications from substance use, and overdose deaths, have been increasing even faster than before. At the same time, it has become more difficult to access the treatments that can help curb some of the effects of addictive drugs.

University of Michigan physician-researcher Jonathan Morrow, MD, PhD, will explain some of the science that links COVID-19 to addiction. Armed with this knowledge, we can identify simple steps we can take to keep ourselves and our loved ones safer during this time of increased risk.

With the correct approach, it is possible to adapt to the many challenges of living through a pandemic, and in some cases we can even use the current circumstances to place ourselves in a better, more secure position than ever before.

This talk is the first in a series of Taubman Healthy You Conversations sponsored by the Taubman Institute and featuring Michigan Medicine’s brilliant researchers and scholars offering practical, lay-friendly information about conditions that affect our daily lives.

Dr. Morrow is a Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Emerging Scholar with the Taubman Institute and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan Medicine, working in the substance abuse section of addiction treatment services.

A physician-researcher who operates the Morrow Lab in addition to caring for patients, he focuses much of his work on identifying and manipulating the neurobiology responsible for behavioral differences that predict vulnerability to psychopathology. His team also runs projects aimed at refining our understanding of the psychological processes underlying individual differences in conditioned responses. Recently, they have started to translate findings from animal studies into tasks and measures that can be applied to human subjects.

Dr. Morrow received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California, and his M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in 2011.

Please join us at 1pm on ET October 7 via Zoom for this 45-minute talk and live, interactive question-and-answer session. This Taubman Healthy You Conversation will be moderated by Dr. Charles Burant, director of the Taubman Institute. Click here for free registration.

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