NIDA Center for GWAS in Outbred Rats 2nd Annual Retreat

October 16-17, 2015

12 pm on Friday, October 16th to 12 pm on Saturday, October 17th.


Meeting venue:

The CIE Skydeck on the 11th floor of the Harper Court building (1452 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615) (MAP). The Skydeck has a large meeting room, a lobby reception area and an outdoor patio – all with a phenomenal view of the city.


Session I. October 16th, 2015

12:00Lunch (catering from Shinju Sushi)
1:00WelcomeAbraham Plamer
1:10Administrative Core (organization; database; collaborations; budget, move)Oksana Polesskaya
1:30Breeding CoreLeah Solberg-Woods
2:00Project 1, Genetic studies of incentive salienceShelly Flagel
2:30Project 1Terry Robinson
3:00Coffee break
3:30Project 3, Association betwen behavioral regulation and cocaine cue preferenceJerry Richards
4:00Project 3Paul Meyer
4:30Project 3, statistical considerationsJoe Lucke
5:00Advisory Board / Small group discussions
6:00Closing remarksAbraham Palmer
6:30Dinner (La Petite Folie)

Session II. October 17th, 2015

8:00WelcomeOksana Polesskaya
8:05Education and OutreachBarry Aprison
8:35Pilot Projects CoreAbraham Palmer
9:00Project 2. Socially-acquired nicotine self-administrationHao Chen
9:30Coffee break
10:00Project 4, Integration of GWAS and eQTL data. Sequencing Core.Abraham Palmer
10:30Advisory Board / Small group discussions
11:30Closing remarksAbraham Palmer
11:45Lunch (catering from Z&H Cafe)


We have reserved a block of rooms for the night of  Oct 16 at the Hyatt Place Hotel (5225 S. Harper Ave. Chicago, IL 60615) – just across the street from the Harper Court building. The rooms are available at $189 per night for up to two people. The cost for PIs and co-Is will be covered by the Admin Core.

If you prefer to stay in downtown Chicago, you should plan on using Uber/taxi (~$25) or public transit to get to and from the meeting. Details about getting to the University of Chicago campus from airports and from downtown can be found here.


Chicago is serviced by 2 major airports, Midway and O’Hare; Midway, which is a major hub for Southwest Airlines ( is closer to the University of Chicago. Note that Southwest Airlines is not included in the results from Travleocity, Orbitz, Kayak and most other major search engines.  Details about getting to the University of Chicago campus from airports and from downtown can be found here.


Updated 10/23/2015