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Nora Volkow, MD
What Do We Know About Addiction?
Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, Maryland
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
A public reception will precede this event in the VTC Cafe at 4:30 p.m. A shuttle will depart from Burruss Hall in Blacksburg at 4:00 p.m. and return at 6:45 p.m.
Advances in science have generated compelling evidence that addiction is a complex disease of the brain that generally begins in childhood or adolescence; is influenced by a host of biological, environmental, and developmental factors; and can be successfully treated. Dr. Nora Volkow will highlight some of the fundamental findings that research in this area has generated during the past several decades.
About the Speaker:
Nora Volkow, MD, directs the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which 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, she pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects of drugs and their addictive properties. Her studies have documented changes in the dopamine system that affect the actions of frontal brain regions involved in motivation, drive, and pleasure and the decline of brain dopamine function with age. She has also made important contributions to the neurobiology of obesity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and the behavioral changes that occur with aging.