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On 5 March we were delighted to welcome Professor Yasmin Hurd to DPAG to deliver our Marianne Fillenz Prize Lecture. Professor Hurd is Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Pharmacological Sciences as well as the Director for the Addiction Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

The lecture provided molecular insights gained from post-mortem studies of human heroin users and complementary mechanistic animal studies which identify specific epigenetic, neurodegenerative and synaptic plasticity biological processes that offer druggable targets for opioid use disorder.