There are many resources available to help you prepare a science fair project that will advance what we know about addiction science.
NIDA Web Sites:
NIDA's Website is filled with science-based information on drugs of abuse. Some suggested pages that will stimulate science fair ideas are:
NIDA for Teens teens.drugabuse.gov
NIDA Research Divisions
These represent areas of research that NIDA supports to further our understanding of addiction.
Supports research to improve the public's health by promoting scientific approaches to understand and address the interactions between individuals and environments that contribute to drug abuse, addiction and related problems. The goal is to develop scientific knowledge that will be used to improve prevention and treatment approaches.
Supports basic biomedical and behavioral research on the causes of addiction, and the consequences of drug abuse on the brain and body. Research includes basic neuroscience, chemistry, physiology, behavioral and cognitive science; genetics and molecular biology.
Supports clinical research on the transition from drug abuse to addiction, particularly how drugs of abuse affect the structure and function of the brain; the relationships between developmental, social and physical environmental factors in drug abuse and addiction; and behavioral approaches to treat addiction. The goal is to understand the complexities of human development, cognition, and behavior that underlie the addictive process in order to improve resilience to drug abuse and prevent or counter addiction.
Supports research on the development of new or improved medications for treating addiction and its health consequences, including HIV.
Manages NIDA's multi-site research project testing behavioral, pharmacological, and integrated treatment interventions for addiction in a broad range of community-based treatment settings with diversified patient populations. Its primary goal is to bridge the gap between the science of drug treatment and its practice in real world settings.
Supports research that addresses the current and unique dimensions of drug use and abuse as they relate to HIV/AIDS, including the role of drug use and its related behaviors in the evolving dynamics of HIV/AIDS epidemiology, natural history/pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention.
Performs cutting edge research to elucidate the nature of the addictive process; to determine the potential use of new therapies for substance abuse, both pharmacological and psychosocial; and to decipher thelong-term consequences of drugs of abuse on brain development, maturation, function, and structure, and on other organ systems.
Drugs, Brains, & Behavior - The Science of Addiction - Through imaging technologies, scientists can now look at some of the inner workings of the brain.
Other NIH Institutes
NIDA is just one National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institute that studies the brain. NIH is home to one of the largest neuroscience research centers in the world. Over 150 laboratories, originating from eleven different Institutes, conduct research in the basic, translational, and clinical neurosciences. The specific areas of neuroscience research represented within this site range over a broad spectrum within the biological sciences including biophysics, molecular and cellular neurobiology, synapses and circuits, neuronal development, integrative neuroscience, brain imaging and both neurological and psychiatric disorders. By helping us to better understand the inner workings of the brain, many of these areas of research can be applied to addiction science For more information on these various areas of science click on http://neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/ or http://neuroscience.nih.gov/
For Science Teachers
Interactive Curriculum for Teachers and Students Grades 9-12 - The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction
NIDA Education Packets with Graphic Visuals