Hear from Nora Volkow, MD, Director of NIDA

Opportunities and Challenges in Addiction Research
  • Monday, April 27, 2020
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Deaths of Despair or Brain Conditions?
  • Monday, April 27, 2020
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Nora D. Volkow, M.D.

Nora D. Volkow, M.D., became director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health in May 2003.

NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. Dr. Volkow’s work has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain. As a research psychiatrist and scientist, Dr. Volkow pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs. Her studies have documented changes in the dopamine system affecting, among others, the functions of frontal brain regions involved with motivation, drive, and pleasure in addiction.

She has also made important contributions to the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD, and aging. Dr. Volkow has published more than 600 peer-reviewed articles, written more than 95 book chapters and non-peer-reviewed manuscripts, and edited three books on neuroimaging for mental and addictive disorders.

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