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2015 North American Meeting of the
International Society for Research on Impulsivity

The International Society for Research on Impulsivity (InSRI) held its North American meeting on
Wednesday May 13, 2015, as a one-day satellite symposium to the Society of Biological Psychiatry in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The conference themes focused on:  Impulsivity in the Era of Transdiagnostic Approaches to Science, and Treatment Development.

The objectives of the meeting were:

  1. To bring together pre-clinical and clinical scientists working in the area of impulsivity to share the latest information and resources in impulsive assessment.
  2. To learn about how impulsivity acts as vulnerability that is relevant across a range of diagnostic categories.
  3. To learn about biological targets for treatment of conditions involving impulsivity and new findings of biomarkers for problems with impulse control.
  4. To learn about treatments that are personalized based on impulsivity or that result in impulsive behavioral change.


7:45am – 8:15am Registration
8:15am – 8:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks: Charles Mathias, Ph.D.

Impulsivity and Transdiagnostic Approaches to Science

8:30am – 9:15am   Impulsivity measurement in the Big Data era: Resources for harmonization: James Bjork, Ph.D.
9:15am – 10:00am Cognitive control from an RDoC perspective: Uma Vaidyanathan, Ph.D.
10:00am – 10:15am Break
10:15am – 11:00am Impulsivity and the structure of suicidal behavior: an RDoC approach: Alan Swann. M.D.
11:00am – 11:45am Impulsive responses to emotion: Links with psychopathology: Sheri Johnson, Ph.D.
11:45am – 1:15pm Lunch Break

Treatment Development: Biological Targets and Interventions

1:15pm – 2:00pm Does heightened dopamine D3 receptor activity contribute to impulsivity?  Imaging studies across                                               behavioral addictions and substance use disorders: Doris Payer, Ph.D.

2:00pm – 2:45pm Why do we jump the gun: deconstructing waiting impulsivity in humans: Valerie Voon, M.D., Ph.D.
2:45pm – 3:00pm Break

3:00pm – 3:45pm Dissociable effects of mGluR5 modulation on motor and choice impulsivity in rats:
                             Interaction with NMDA receptor antagonism: Anton Pekcec, Ph.D.

3:45pm – 4:30pm Non-invasive neuromodulation of cognitive processes involved in decision-making: Shirley Fecteau, Ph.D.
4:30pm – 5:15pm Targeted prevention strategies for impulsivity-related disorders: Patricia Conrod, Ph.D.
5:15pm – 5:30pm Closing Remarks

Poster Session

5:30pm – 6:30pm Poster Session

Invited Speakers:

James Bjork – Virginia Commonwealth University
Isabelle Boileau & Doris Payer – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Patricia Conrod – University of Montreal
Shirley Fecteau – Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration
Sheri Johnson – University of California, Berkeley
Anton Pekcec – Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
Alan Swann – Baylor College of Medicine
Uma Vaidyanathan – National Institute of Mental Health
Valerie Voon – University of Cambridge

Meeting Location::

Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street W
Toronto Ontario, Canada MgJ 1E3
Tel: 416.368.2511
Fax: 416.368.9040