Upcoming Lecture

Nora D. Volkow, MD

"The Effects of Marijuana Use on the Brain, Body and Behavior"


Nora D. Volkow, MD

Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institutes of Health

Albuquerque
Monday, April 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education
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Santa Fe
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:00 pm
Santa Fe Public Schools Board Room
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FREE Admission, FREE Parking

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.

During her professional career, Dr. Volkow has been the recipient of multiple awards, including her selection for membership in the Institute of Medicine in the National Academy of Sciences and the International Prize from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research for her pioneering work in brain imaging and addiction science. She was recently named one of Time Magazine’s “Top 100 People Who Shape our World” and was included as one of the 20 people to watch by Newsweek magazine in its “Who’s Next in 2007” feature. She was also included in Washingtonian Magazine’s 2009 and 2011 list of the “100 Most Powerful Women” and named “Innovator of the year” by U.S. News & World Report in 2000.


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