Early Brain and Biological Development and Addiction, UME Podcast Series

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

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The podcast series has been designed to offer an introduction to the subject of early brain and biological development and its connection to addiction. The podcast series includes a set of episodes on core concepts of early childhood development which illustrate how childhood experiences shape brain development to either provide a strong foundation for lifelong health and wellbeing or confer vulnerability to disease. The early childhood development episodes also address interventions and treatments that help ensure children have the best possible start in life. The podcast series also includes a set of episodes that focus on the neurodevelopmental origins of addiction. These podcasts provide a definition of addiction as a brain disorder, and describes effective strategies to help prevent, intervene, and treat addiction. The goal of the podcast series is to give you the both the background knowledge on brain development and addiction, and the reflective skills to apply this knowledge to your practice. The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) created the podcast series as part of the Addiction e-Learning for Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), sponsored by the Norlien Foundation. The series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The lectures have been repurposed, with permission, for undergraduate medical education. Supplementary resources, including virtual patients and a Primer on the Neurobiology of Addiction, are also available at www.afmc.ca.

The podcast series has been designed to offer an introduction to the subject of early brain and biological development and its connection to addiction. The podcast series includes a set of episodes on core concepts of early childhood development which illustrate how childhood experiences shape brain development to either provide a strong foundation... Show more

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