What controls our actions? Is anyone really immune to addiction, and can it ever be eradicated?


Addiction is a chronic brain disorder found in one out of every ten Americans. For years, only alcohol and drugs were thought to cause addiction. Now, new technologies prove that any number of activities can also hijack the brain.

On November 13, The Leonardo, in partnership with the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) will present the next edition of Leo After Hours. Out of Control: Addiction and the Brain will feature a dialogue on addiction between a panel of experts, including a USTAR researcher who specializes in the brain and behavior, an addiction counselor and a professor of neurobiology and human genetics.  The conversation will be monitored by Ryan Cunningham, reporter and social media manager for KCPW. Audience interaction is encouraged.

The event will take place Thursday, November 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) at The Leonardo, 209 East 500 South, third floor event center. After hours is free and open to the public. Appetizers and drinks are available for purchase. Come prepared with questions and comments for our expert panel.

Leo After Hours is a joint production of the Leonardo and USTAR. The quarterly events explore science and technology in society through the lens of local innovation, and are made possible with generous support from CH2MHill. Previous After Hours events have included discussion topics such as air quality, the science behind why and what we fear, women scientists who have changed the world and uncovering the genius of Da Vinci.

To register for the event, click here

For more information about Leo After Hours, visit www.theleonardo.org.