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NIDA Podcasts

The following audio clips highlight research efforts at the National Institute on Drug Abuse and include interviews with prominent NIDA scientists.

To listen to these clips, just click "Listen Now" under the clip summary. You must have Real Media Player or Windows Media Player installed to download these clips. To view a printable transcript of a clip, click "View Transcript" under the clip summary. You can also listen to podcasts from NIDA Notes.

All of these clips are free from copyright and can be used for broadcast or other use with acknowledgement of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

  • Closing the Implementation Gap to Stop HIV/AIDS

    4/8/10 – Treatments to battle the HIV/AIDS epidemic have advanced significantly in the past two decades. Researchers say implementing strategies to reach certain minority populations, like those suffering from drug addiction, are still necessary to close the gap and stop the disease. NIDA's Press Officer Jeff Levine talked to a prominent scientist who's pressing the case for change.

    Length: 2:39 minutes | View Transcript

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  • NIH Podcast Shines Light on Prescription Drug Abuse in Women

    4/5/10 – The NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health podcast, “Pinn Point on Women’s Health,” provides updates on women’s health research, and is hosted by Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., director of NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health. This month, Dr. Pinn interviewed Nora Volkow, M.D., director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

    Length: 31:50 minutes | View Transcript

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  • Teleconference Discussion of Results from Cocaine Vaccine Study

    10/5/09 – NIDA Study Suggests Harnessing the Immune System Against Cocaine Addiction May Prove Effective.

    Length: 26:16 minutes | View Transcript

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  • NIH and VA Announce $7 Million Partnership for Substance Abuse Research among Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families

    9/4/09 – Two federal departments have joined forces to create a first-time collaborative funding project to support research on substance abuse and associated problems among U.S. military personnel, veterans and their families. Research will focus on war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Length: 2:54 minutes | View Transcript

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  • Foster Care Program Reduces Delinquency and Improves School Work for Girls

    7/25/08 – Parental abuse during childhood increases the risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system, according to a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

    Length: 2:21 minutes | View Transcript

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  • Researchers Identify Brain Mechanism Underlying Cocaine Cravings

    7/3/08 – Scientists have identified a mechanism in the brain that helps to explain why craving for cocaine, and the risk of relapse, seems to increase in the weeks and months after drug use has stopped. It has to do with cues.

    Length: 2:00 minutes | View Transcript

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  • High Schooler wins First-ever NIDA Addiction Science Award

    6/6/08 – A Texas high school senior has won the first-ever National Institute on Drug Abuse Addiction Science Award. The student, Kapil Ramachandran, received top honors in the new Addiction Science category at the Intel International Science and Engineer Fair, the world's largest science competition for high school students. The young winning scientist determined that when a specific protein is deleted in fruit flies, the flies may lose their tolerance to alcohol. Dr. Nora Volkow, the Director of NIDA, discusses the possible impact that this fair may have on high school students.

    Length: 1:15 minutes | View Transcript

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  • Genes Linked to Nicotine Addiction and Lung Cancer

    4/18/08 – Scientists have identified a genetic variant that not only makes smokers more prone to nicotine addiction but also increases their risk of developing lung cancer and arterial disease.

    Length: 1:43 minutes | View Transcript

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  • MRIs Can Find Signals that Trigger Drug Cravings

    2/22/08 – MRIs can find subconscious signals that trigger drug cravings according to a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Using a functional MRI, scientists have discovered that cocaine-related images trigger the emotional centers of the brains of patients addicted to drugs, even when the subjects are unaware they've seen anything. Dr. Steven Grant, NIDA's Chief of the Neuroscience Branch in the division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, said cues outside one's awareness can trigger rapid activation of the circuits driving drug-seeking behavior.

    Length: 2:50 minutes | View Transcript

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  • Decline in Smoking and Illicit Drug Use Among Eighth Graders

    12/13/07 – Eighth graders are smoking less, and using illicit drugs less, this according to a new national survey. Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse explains the importance of the survey results.

    Length: 3:16 minutes | View Transcript

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