Underlying mechanisms of behavioral addictions recent neuroimaging findings and clinical implications for treatments

Prof. Mark Potenza, New Haven, USA

Vorsitz: Dr. Kai Müller, Mainz, Deutschland

Abstract: Gambling and gaming disorder are included in the ICD- 11 as disorders due to addictive behaviors. While the neurobiological underpinnings of gambling disorder have been investigated for decades, those of gaming disorder have only more recently been studied, and the field has yet to translate neurobiological understandings into treatment advances for the disorders. In this presentation, information on the neurobiologies of gamblng and gaming disorder will be presented, data will be compared and contrasted with those from substanceuse disorders, neural correlates as they relate to treatment outcomes will be presented and implications for treatment development will be discussed.

Mark Potenza is a board-certified psychiatrist with sub-specialty training in addiction psychiatry. He has trained at Yale University receiving BS/MS (Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics), PhD (Cell Biology), and MD degrees. He completed internship, psychiatric residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship training at Yale. He is a Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Neuroscience at the Yale University School of Medicine where he directs multiple clinical research and training programs. He is on 15 editorial boards (including editor-in-chief of Current Addiction Reports) and has received multiple national and international awards for excellence in research and clinical care. His research has applied brain imaging, genetic, epidemiological and clinical trials methodologies to understand clinical and neurobiological underpinnings of addictive disorders in order to advance prevention and treatment strategies.