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NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow to speak at TEDMED 2014

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September 02, 2014

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, will be a featured speaker at the TEDMED 2014 conference being held this month in Washington, DC. A world-renowned neuroscientist and leading expert on addiction as a brain disease, Dr. Volkow will address the obesity epidemic and the parallels between compulsive overeating and drug addiction.

Dr. Volkow is one of 80 speakers selected to speak at TEDMED, the annual multi-disciplinary gathering where leaders from all sectors of society come together to explore the promise of technology and potential of human achievement in health and medicine.

WHAT: TEDMED 2014 Annual Conference
“Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine”

WHEN: September 11, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. ET (Dr. Volkow presentation)
(The entire event runs from Wednesday, September 10 – Friday, September 12)
Dr. Volkow will appear in Session 4: “Stealing Smart,” where speakers will share inspiring stories and ideas about how to adapt solutions from other industries and fields to solve the most intractable problems in health and medicine. More information on Dr. Volkow’s appearance can be found at http://www.tedmed.com/speakers/show?id=309051.

WHERE: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, D.C. 
For information about TEDMED Live, which broadcasts the entire program from the TEDMED stage, visit http://tedmed.com/event/tedmedlive?ref=about-tedmedlive.

WHO: Nora D. Volkow, M.D
Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Volkow Bio

If you are interested in a pre-interview with Dr. Volkow about her participation in TEDMED and/or her research, please contact the NIDA press office at media@nida.nih.gov or 301-443-6245.

NIDA Press Office
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About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy, improve practice, and advance addiction science. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at www.drugabuse.gov, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to drugpubs@nida.nih.gov. Online ordering is available at drugpubs.drugabuse.gov. NIDA’s media guide can be found at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/dear-journalist, and its easy-to-read website can be found at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov. You can follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook.

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NIDA. (2014, September 2). NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow to speak at TEDMED 2014. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2014/09/nida-director-dr-nora-volkow-to-speak-tedmed-2014

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