Dr. Nora Volkow — Director of the Nationwide Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (#673)

Dr. Nora Volkow — Director of the Nationwide Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (#673)


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“I don’t take no for a solution. And this can be a message that I say to younger individuals: ‘It’s best to dare to do issues. And nobody has the correct to say you can’t carry a brand new perspective into issues.’ And so I at all times say, ‘Be daring and persevere.’”

— Dr. Nora Volkow

Nora D. Volkow, MD, is Director of the Nationwide Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on the Nationwide Institutes of Well being. NIDA is the world’s largest funder of scientific analysis on the well being points of drug use and habit. Dr. Volkow’s work has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug habit is a mind dysfunction. As a analysis psychiatrist, Dr. Volkow pioneered using mind imaging to analyze how substance use impacts mind features. Specifically, her research have documented how adjustments within the dopamine system have an effect on the features of mind areas concerned with reward and self-control in habit. She has additionally made necessary contributions to the neurobiology of weight problems, ADHD, and ageing.

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#673: Dr. Nora Volkow — Director of the Nationwide Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

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Need to hear one other episode with somebody on the entrance traces of drug analysis? Take heed to my dialog with Dr. Suresh Muthukumaraswamy, during which we talk about the sturdiness of antidepressant results from sure psychedelic therapies, enhancing the affect of scientific analysis, the obstacles to getting ketamine labeled as an antidepressant, the issue of making use of placebo controls to psychedelic analysis, the coaching of medical personnel in new science because it turns into obtainable, avoiding one other 50 years of psychedelic analysis darkness, and rather more.

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  • [06:09] Cadaver homework.
  • [09:07] The Trotsky connection.
  • [17:07] How Nora’s father considered the function of science.
  • [20:59] Julian Villarreal.
  • [27:38] A perspective of perseverance.
  • [33:48] Instilling perseverance in youthful scientists.
  • [35:08] Dancing with Demerol.
  • [40:05] The present state of habit within the US.
  • [44:28] The Struggle on Medication.
  • [49:42] Rising societal confidence in therapeutic psychedelics.
  • [55:38] Recommendation for researchers searching for extra federal funding.
  • [1:02:12] Gauging the worth of the hallucinogenic expertise.
  • [1:06:04] Implications for a number of purposes of 1 compound.
  • [1:13:36] Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and a promising various.
  • [1:19:49] New hope for Parkinson’s illness victims?
  • [1:23:51] Comorbidities, habit issues, and different parting ideas.


“Science must be guided by information, however science has a non secular nature to it additionally. And as soon as a mannequin is created, it turns into very tough to alter it. And it takes an extended, very long time for ideas which were consolidated, as accepted as the reality, to be questioned.”
— Dr. Nora Volkow

“I don’t take no for a solution. And this can be a message that I say to younger individuals: ‘It’s best to dare to do issues. And nobody has the correct to say you can’t carry a brand new perspective into issues.’ And so, I at all times say, ‘Be daring and persevere.’”
— Dr. Nora Volkow

“When it comes to the conflict on medication, I feel that principally what it did was it created a mechanism that would perpetuate structural racism. It is extremely tragic to see how its enforcement led to the incarceration of younger black Individuals.”
— Dr. Nora Volkow


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