Marquette University News Release

Neuroscience of addiction is topic of next Marquette Presents forum

August 28, 2013

Event Information
Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Time: 7:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Place: Alumni Memorial Union
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Potawatomi Bingo Casino underwrites forum that seeks answers to addiction treatment

Two leading neuroscientists researching stress and addiction in the Marquette University College of Health Sciences, a recovered gambling addict and a psychiatrist specializing in addiction headline the next Marquette Presents forum: “The Tragedy of Addiction: Neuroscientific Perspectives Toward Understanding and Treatment.” The free forum is Tuesday, September 10, at 7:15 a.m. in the third-floor ballroom of the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.

“Most people know someone who suffers from addiction, whether it’s substance abuse or dangerously compulsive behaviors,” said Dr. William E. Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University and director of the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center. “These neuroscientists are focused on discovering the neurobiological changes that cause addictive behavior and learning how to provide treatment for this tragic disease.”

Cullinan will moderate the panel of experts in neuroscience and psychiatry. The panel includes:

  • Dr. John Mantsch, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University, and co-founder of Promentis Pharmaceuticals Inc. Dr. Mantsch studies the relationship between stress and addiction.
  • Dr. Robert Wheeler, assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University. Dr. Wheeler studies the neural regulation of emotion and the control it has over behavior.
  • Dr. Michael Bohn, psychiatrist at Aurora Behavioral Health Center. Dr. Bohn is board certified in general and addiction psychiatry and was named one of America’s Top Addiction Psychiatrists for 2004-10 by Consumers’ Research Council of America.
  • Andrea Rathsack, a recovered gambling addict currently finishing a degree in substance abuse counseling.

Rathsack began her road to recovery after calling the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling’s helpline. Potawatomi Bingo Casino, the organization underwriting this forum, is the WCPG’s largest private contributor and helps fund the 24-hour helpline to ensure resources are available at all times.

Marquette Presents is a forum series developed by the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University to focus on issues of community health. Previous forums in the series focused on the topics of depression, sports-related concussion and schizophrenia.

The forum is free and open to the public, and it includes a complimentary continental breakfast. Free parking is also available in the 16th Street parking structure, located between Wisconsin Ave. and Wells Street. Registration is required and available online at

Media interested in attending the event or interviewing the panelists should contact Jesse Lee, senior communication specialist for the College of Health Sciences, at (414) 288-4984 or

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