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NIDA Awards Prizes at International Science Fair

Announces the 2009 high school student recipients of the Addiction Science Awards and describes their winning addiction-focused projects.

Annual Event Teaches Students Brain Science

Highlights activities held during Brain Awareness Week for students in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, to learn about brain anatomy and function.

R. Christopher Pierce Receives the Waletzky Memorial Award

Announces the recipient of a 2009 award for innovation in research on drug addiction and alcoholism whose research focuses on the cellular changes that occur in response to chronic cocaine abuse.

Rare Glutamate Receptor Proliferates After Cocaine Withdrawal

Reports findings that a rare neuroreceptor may be linked to the intensive cravings cocaine abusers experience during their first weeks of abstinence.

NIDA's 35th Anniversary: Science Focused on Solutions

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

Commemorates NIDA’s 35th anniversary and highlights some of the major accomplishments since the Institute’s inception in 1974.

Lower Levels of Dopamine-Regulating Receptors Among Novelty Seekers

Describes research results reporting that people who favor novelty have lower-than-average availability of a receptor that inhibits dopamine's release from neurons, which likely stimulates the activity of reward circuits.

Brain Opioid Receptor Levels Predict Time to Cocaine Relapse

Describes study findings revealing that cocaine abusers who maintain high levels of a certain receptor in their brain during early abstinence relapse sooner than abusers whose levels drop.

Crack Cocaine Promotes Progression of HIV Infection to AIDS

Reports on two studies showing a high prevalence of HIV infection and more rapid progression to disability and death among drug abusers.

Brain Adaptation May Dampen Effects of Cocaine

Reports evidence that a cocaine-induced change in the structure of brain cells represents an adaptive response that may limit the drug’s impact.

French Government Honors Dr. Volkow

Announces the 2009 International Prize, awarded by the French Institute of Health and Medical Research, to NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow.

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