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. Read more.
Testimony to Congress
What Science tells us About Opioid Abuse and Addiction (January 27, 2016)
The Biology and Potential Therapeutic Effects of Cannabidiol (June 24, 2015)
Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request (August 12, 2014)
Read about the latest advances in addiction research in Nature Outlook: Addiction, a special supplement co-sponsored by NIDA and NIAAA. View the entire supplement at: http://www.nature.com/nature/outlook/addiction/. For a commentary authored by NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow and NIAAA Director Dr. George F. Koob, go to http://www.nature.com/nature/outlook/addiction/
The brain disease model of addiction is strongly supported by scientific evidence, according to a commentary - “Brain disease model of addiction: why is it so controversial?” , published in The Lancet Psychiatry by NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow and NIAAA Director Dr. George Koob.
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Director's Remarks and Interviews
Dr. Nora Volkow: Video Highlights
- TEDMED, January 2015
Why do our brains get addicted?
- The World Science Festival, May 2013
Meet Pioneer in Science, Dr. Nora Volkow
- Rockburn Presents, November 2012
Dr. Nora Volkow
- Brookhaven National Laboratory WBNL Video, October 2012
Chemistry celebration: FDG: Contribution to Our Understanding of Addiction
- CBS 60 Minutes, April 2012
Hooked: Why Bad Habits Are Hard to Break
- Science Times, June 2011
Dr. Nora Volkow