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Two studies highlight strategies to reduce teen drug use

Teen girl leaning against a metal fence that has a sign stating No Smoking

Two studies have reported success in reducing teen drug use.

From Abuse to Addiction

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

January 2013

In previous posts I have described some of the very exciting science presented at NIDA’s mini-Convention in conjunction with the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans in October. There was too much research to mention it all, but I will highlight one additional presentation, by Pier Vincenzo Piazza. Piazza, director of Neurocentre Magendie, a multidisciplinary neurobiology research center that is part of INSERM, France’s equivalent to the NIH, gave an invited address in a special session to promote collaborations in drug abuse and addiction research between our two countries.

The Many Faces of Glia

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

November 2012

Much exciting neuroscience research in the last few years concerns the non-neural cells called glia. Scientists once thought they mainly played a supporting role in the brain, but we are now learning that glia do much, much more. Three sessions in NIDA’s Mini-Convention at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans on October 12 showcased new research on glia with direct or indirect implications for addiction research. I want to highlight just a few of the fascinating talks I attended on this subject.


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