Stars of the Addiction World Confer about Dopamine
Some of the best and brightest minds in the field of addiction were on hand for the Path Foundation’s “Finding Adequate Reward in Life: Dopamine and Brain Health” on March 21, 2014.
Among the speakers were three very familiar faces:
- Dr. Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Dr. Volkow is a brilliant scientist, who pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of drugs. She is also one of a select group of woman who have successfully broken the glass ceiling – the invisible barrier that blocks women from the top jobs.
- Dr. Kenneth Blum Phd, Malibu Beach Recovery Center ‘s Advisor on Neuroscience. In 1990 Dr. Blum co-discovered with Dr. Ernest Noble MD, the link between genetics and addiction. He has devoted most of his adult life to understanding the molecular neurobiology of addiction.
- Dr Mark Gold MD, the highly respected chairman of the University of Florida’s Psychiatry Department. Since a young medical student, he has been developing cutting-edge models for understanding the effects of tobacco, drugs and food on behavior.
At the dinner following the conference Dr. Gold presented to Dr. Volkow with a “Scientist of the Decade” award. and conference host Dr. Eric Braverman MD presented Dr. Blum with a Lifetime Achievement Award for extensive work in neurobiology, neurogenetics, and addiction medicine.
Below: Dr. Kenneth Blum with his Lifetime Achievement Award
Above: Dr. Mark Gold with Congressman Patrick Kennedy
Below: Joan Borsten, Nora Volkow, and MBRC blog writer Pat Olsen.