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4th International Conference on Applications of Neuroimaging to Alcoholism (ICANA-4)

About the Conference

THE 4th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON APPLICATIONS OF NEUROIMAGING TO ALCOHOLISM (ICANA-4) will be held on the Medical Campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT, USA on July 19-21, 2019. ICANA-4 is supported by the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) and by Yale’s NIAAA Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism (CTNA). This conference will bring together neuroimagers from around the globe, who have a wide scope of both technical and clinical expertise, to discuss and examine methodological applications to alcohol use disorders. The 4th iteration of the conference will focus on multi-modality imaging (e.g., sMRI, fRMI, MRS, PET, SPECT) within topical alcohol sessions.


The ICANA-4 conference will bring together the global community of researchers who work in various areas of brain imaging and alcohol research to share methodological applications to alcohol use disorders (AUDs) and promote collaboration and networking across imaging modalities. This will provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary crosstalk around the most cutting-edge questions being examined in the field of alcohol research.


Friday, July 19 - Sunday, July 21, 2019
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT, USA


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Poster Abstracts

Please click here to view abstracts of posters that were accepted and considered published at the conference.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. George Koob – Director, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Talk Title: Neurobiology of Alcohol Use Disorder: A heuristic framework for future research

Dr. Michael Frank – Edgar L. Marston Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, & Psychological Sciences and Director, Initiative for Computation in Mind and Brain, Brown University
Talk Title: Cognitive Control over Learning and Action in Frontostriatal Circuits

Dr. Kathleen Grant – Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center and Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine at Oregon Health and Sciences University
Talk Title: Investigating Alcohol-Induced Functional and Longitudinal Changes in Brain Circuitry with MRI Imaging in Monkeys


The use of neuroimaging techniques to non-invasively characterize neural structure and function, including the ability to concurrently assess structural and functional connectivity alterations in AUDs, has profoundly altered our understanding of the neuroscience of AUDs. Novel with this iteration of the conference will be focusing on multi-modality imaging (e.g., sMRI, fRMI, MRS, PET, SPECT) within each of 5 topical alcohol sessions. These 5 main chaired sessions will cover:

  • Habit and Reward Learning
  • Stress and Craving of Alcoholism
  • Inflammation and Alcohol
  • Structural and Functional Connectivity in Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Pharmaco-Imaging

Participants will learn about research progress in applying 4 broad areas of neuroimaging methods (e.g., MRI/DTI, fMRI/MEG/EEG, MRS, PET/SPECT) to study these cutting-edge thematic areas of alcohol research. By including presentations about diverse techniques within each topical area, participants will also learn about how these differing techniques can be used to examine different sub-fields of alcoholism research and the scientific opportunities that from multimodal neuroimaging.

Local Program Committee

  • John Krystal (Conference Chair)
  • Stephanie O'Malley
  • Kelly DeMartini (Program Director)
  • Philip Corlett
  • Hedy Kober
  • Kelly Cosgrove
  • Godfrey Pearlson
  • Graeme Mason

Members of the Local Organizing Committee are members of the NIAAA-Yale Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism (CTNA; PI: Dr. John Krystal).


For information about the 4th International Conference on Applications of Neuroimaging to Alcoholism (ICANA-4) email Kelly DeMartini at

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Poster Abstracts

ICANA-4 includes two (2) Poster Sessions which provide an opportunity for researchers of all levels to present their work in an informal setting, allowing questions and discussion.

Submission Requirements

  • Please note, only submissions that were received by the original May 15 deadline will be considered eligible for a Travel Award. All submissions received by June 10th will be considered for inclusion at the ICANA4 poster session(s).

Title: should be entered in all CAPS
Authors: should be entered as first initial(s) and full last name
Affiliation(s) - should be entered as Affiliation, Department, City, State, Zip, and Country (35 max word count)
Abstract – should include purpose, methods, data, results and conclusions (350 max word count)
Submission - Submissions should be emailed directly to: Dr. Kelly DeMartini, ICANA4 Program Director at

Poster Awards
Two (2) ICANA-4 Travel Awards will be provided to individuals who are the presenting author of a poster. Awards are funded by an NIAAA conference grant. The awards are intended to help defray costs associated with attendance at the meeting.

Hotel Accommodations

Main hotel accommodations are provided by the New Haven Hotel. The New Haven Hotel is located within walking distance to all conference sessions. Please contact the hotel early to reserve your room and ensure availability.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism


Conference Funding

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 AA 27710-01 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.