Meet Pioneer in Science, Dr. Nora Volkow

05/30/13
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Nora D. Volkow

Nora D. Volkow is the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at NIH. She pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the effects of drugs in the human brain and has demonstrated that drug addiction is a brain disease.

In honor of International Women’s Day this Saturday #IWD2014, we’re recognizing female pioneers in science. Today, meet Dr. Nora Volkow, whose research on drugs and the brain helped us understand addiction as a disease. Nora Volkow is the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She’s not your average general in the war on drugs. The troops commands are kids; the ammunition: science. It was Volkow’s curiosity as a young adult that ultimately led her to this battlefield.

Dr. Volkow conducted the first ever multi-lingual Pioneers in Science program on Friday, May 31, speaking to students in both English and Spanish. Watch the full program from WSF 2013: in English or Spanish.