Nora Volkow
Published November 30, 2016
Updated April 15, 2021

Dr. Nora Volkow is an expert in drug abuse and addiction. She is the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health. Her research focuses on the toxic and addictive properties of abusable drugs, and her work has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain.

Volkow pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic 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 and self-regulation in addiction. She has also made important contributions to the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD and aging.

Volkow blogs about science here.

Expertise: Medical imaging, substance abuse, substance addiction, the brain, aging, obesity, ADHD, abusable drugs

Location: Bethesda, Md.

Emailmedia@nida.nih.gov

Phone: 301-443-6245

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