Leonardo After Hours

A series of public events that tackle current science and technology topics and their impact on society. Local experts from universities, industry, and government join the public for lively discussions in a laid-back, evening atmosphere.

Thursday, November 13th | 6:00 PM
Out of Control: Addiction & The Brain

Out of Control: Addiction and The Brain

Who or what really controls our actions? Is anyone truly immune to addiction? Can addiction ever be eradicated?

Derived from the Latin term for "enslaved" or "bound," addiction is a chronic brain disorder found in one in every ten Americans. Think you're exempt? Think again: for years, experts thought only alcohol and drugs caused addiction. However, new technologies prove that any number of pleasurable activities (think sex, shopping, texting) can also hijack the brain. 

Join the discussion: this unique event enlists the expertise of three professionals who will serve as a panel. Audience interaction is encouraged; this program is free to the public and intended for all audiences.


Ryan Cunningham - Reporter and Social Media Manager for KCPW


Chris Gregg - Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy Adjunct Assistant Professor of Human Genetics

Perry Renshaw - Professor of Psychiatry with the Neurobiology of Disease Brain and Behavior

Claire Momberger - Lead Care Tech for Center for Change

Come prepared with your questions and comments.
Where: The Leonardo
209 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT  84111
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM-7:30PM

Appetizers and drinks are available for purchase.


Produced by The Leonardo and USTAR, with support from CH2M Hill.