The Science Behind Addiction

We are excited to open our Cancer Center to let you see how our scientists target the most promising new approaches to treating addiction.
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Date and time

July 31, 2024

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM PT


Chairmen's Hall

Building 5
10901 N. Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037


Science behind addiction

Meet the scientists working to better understand the science behind addiction and the relation to cancer. A physician-scientist will share some insights on developing novel or improved treatments for cancer-causing tobacco and alcohol use disorders.


The open house

This is a unique opportunity to:

  • Meet and share experiences with other people affected by addiction.
  • Learn about some of the most promising approaches for new treatments.


Your hosts

This open house is hosted by the Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board. Its members strive to bridge the gap between biomedical science and the people who need it most: patients and the families and friends who love and support them.

The event takes place on Sanford Burnham Prebys' campus in Chairmen's Hall, Building 5.

Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with scientists and addiction and research advocates during an informal evening reception featuring healthy nibbles and refreshing drinks. Guided tours will be offered throughout the event, giving attendees a behind-the-scenes look into our scientists’ varied approaches to addiction research.

Nicholas Cosford, Ph.D.
Co-Director and Professor
Cancer Molecular Therapeutics Program
NCI-Designated Cancer Center

Michael Jackson, Ph.D.
Sr. Vice President, Drug Discovery & Development
Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics
Director, Cancer Molecular Therapeutics Program
NCI-Designated Cancer Center

Marisa Roberto, Ph.D.
Vice Chair
Paul and Cleo Schimmel Endowed Chair
Department of Molecular Medicine
Department of Neuroscience
Scripps Research

Benjamin Mckenna, Ph.D.
Asst. Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Staff Psychologist
Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System
UC San Diego

Robert Anthenelli, M.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Former Interim Chair, Executive Vice Chair, and Vice Chair for Veterans Affairs
Director, Pacific Treatment and Research Center
UC San Diego