You can beat addiction before it throws its first punch.

And if it has already pummeled you for a couple of rounds, you can deliver a TKO. In fact, if addiction has already knocked you down, you could even rise from the canvas.


Get informed about the latest breakthroughs in the war against addiction and brain disorders, and support the doctors who are leading the charge!

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, Eric R. Braverman, MD, and Kenneth Blum, PhD, Founder and Science Director, respectively, of the PATH Foundation NY are sponsoring an all-day CME-approved conference on drug addiction and brain health recovery at

Canoe Studios
601 W 26th St #1465,
New York, NY 10001

Winning the War on Addiction in America

The day of scientific lectures will focus on the molecular neurobiology of Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) and epigenetic correlates related to addiction. With an esteemed panel of speakers from government institutions, such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and health care establishments, such as Mount Sinai Hospital and Rockefeller University, we are excited at the level of prestige and immense knowledge of both addiction medicine and brain health these speakers encompass. It will be a tremendous opportunity for medical professionals, academics, and the general public to learn more about the therapeutic repair of addiction via comprehensive neurological assessment of the brain.

Why focus on the brain?

Because breakdowns of its executive functions encompass an array of conditions, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, head trauma, obesity, violence, and mood instability that feed into, mimic, and contribute to the worsening of medical and neuropsychiatric disease-in addition to addictions of all kinds.

Foremost heavyweights in addiction science and brain health will be sharing what they know, emphasizing the alarming primary-care incidence rates of addiction, and the nation’s exorbitant healthcare costs. The United States spends trillions of dollars on brain-related healthcare costs: addiction costing $600 billion, management of neuropsychiatric conditions costing $57.5 billion, obesity costing $147 billion, dementia treatment costing $226 billion, and crime and violence costing an estimated $2 billion.

The critical aspect that is common to all of these is a reward deficiency cascade, which often leads to drug addiction and self-medication. Individuals suffering from neuropsychiatric conditions often abuse substances like marijuana for insomnia and anxiety treatment, cocaine for fatigue and depression, and alcohol for relaxation and mood enhancement. Obese individuals suffer from food addiction, leptin resistance, and dopamine (a brain chemical) deficiency. Demented persons typically have increased rates of head trauma (i.e., concussion) and cognitive, or thinking, misperceptions, which results in long-term legal and illegal narcotic abuse. Traumatic injuries such as PTSD and other related conditions add to the problem of addiction. Crime and violence occurs as the sequelae of brain health neglect, proof that the medical community, and society of which it is a part, are failing those with brain disorders. The path to combatting addiction is reshaping the focus of healthcare on the brain, which should be the most-tested organ, with preventative brain health assessments and early-intervention treatments.

In addition to lectures by distinguished speakers, the Foundation will be honoring the scientific work of Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, and Mark S. Gold, MD. Dr. Nestler will be this year’s recipient of the PATH Foundation NY Neuroscience Award, which was bestowed upon Nora D. Volkow, MD, the director of the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2014. Dr. Gold will be receiving the PATH Foundation NY Lifetime Achievement Award, which was bestowed in 2014 to Kenneth Blum, PhD, DHL, who was the lead author in the first gene polymorphic association of the dopamine D2 receptor and alcoholism and coined the term Reward Deficiency Syndrome.

The Foundation is proud to announce that the Director of the National Drug Control Policy at the White House, Michael Botticelli, will be appearing in a pre-recorded video presenting the award to Dr. Gold, and that Vincent Pieribone, PhD, will be presenting the award to Dr. Nestler. Dr. Pieribone is currently a Fellow of the John B. Pierce Laboratory and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and Neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine. He has worked with Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard, PhD, at Rockefeller University, and he is featured in the NOVA special, Creatures of Life, which will be shown during the conference.

The awards presented to Drs. Nestler and Gold will be preceded by presentation letters, written by John Krystal, MD, Chair and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, and read by Dr. Pieribone. A cocktail hour and celebratory dinner hosted by former New York State Governor David A. Paterson will follow the conference. Highlights include:

  • Cocktail hour, with a VIP meet-and-greet;
  • Dinner speeches by New York Giants football player Leonard Marshall and WABC radio personalities Bernard McGuirk and Sid Rosenberg;
  • A silent auction of once-in-a-lifetime experiences;
  • A silent auction of sports memorabilia;
  • A violin performance by virtuoso and Grammy Award winner, Miri Ben-Ari;
  • Automatic entry for every dinner ticket purchaser into a raffle for a $15,000 Executive Health checkup at PATH Medical in New York City.

The war against addiction can be won, and it will be with your help. For more information regarding ticket purchase, sponsorship opportunities, and general contributions, please contact the PATH Foundation NY at (646) 367-7411, or visit, or email at All ticket sales, sponsorships, and donations will go directly to the PATH Foundation NY, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and are tax-deductible by law. Every dollar will support its continued research toward creating a new culture of health that centers on brain-based primary care.



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