Lecture by Nora D. Volkow: Effects of alcohol on brain energy consumption

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Dato: 08-05-2017
Tid: 15:30 - 16:30
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​Auditoriet, Psykiatrisk Center København, Rigshospitalet
Henrik Harpestrengs Vej, opgang 61A, 2100 Copenhagen

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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.


Dr. Volkow was born in Mexico, attended the Modern American School, and earned her medical degree from the National University of Mexico in Mexico City, where she received the Robins award for best medical student of her generation.  Her psychiatric residency was at New York University, where she earned the Laughlin Fellowship Award as one of the 10 Outstanding Psychiatric Residents in the USA.


Dr. Volkow spent most of her professional career at the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, New York, where she held several leadership positions including Director of Nuclear Medicine, Chairman of the Medical Department, and Associate Director for Life Sciences.  In addition, Dr. Volkow was a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Associate Dean of the Medical School at the State University of New York (SUNY)-Stony Brook.


Dr. Volkow has published more than 650 peer-reviewed articles and written more than 90 book chapters and non-peer reviewed manuscripts, and has also edited three books on neuroimaging for mental and addictive disorders.


During  her  professional  career,  Dr.  Volkow  has  been  the  recipient  of  multiple  awards,  including  her  selection  for  membership  in  the  Institute  of  Medicine  in  the  National Academy of Sciences and the International Prize from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research for her pioneering work in brain imaging and addiction science.  She was recently named one of Time Magazine's "Top 100 People Who Shape our World" and was included as one of the 20 people to watch by Newsweek magazine in its "Who's Next in 2007" feature.  She was also included in Washingtonian Magazine's 2009 and 2011 list of the "100 Most Powerful Women" and named "Innovator of the year" by U.S. News & World Report in 2000.


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