Brain Matters

A RESEARCHER’S PERSPECTIVE: What Genetics Is Telling Us About Substance Use Disorders

Dr. Sandra Sanchez-Roige explains how large-scale studies of genome variations have identified risk locations for substance use disorders. She also discusses the importance of converting these signals from the genome into biological understanding of mechanisms and vulnerabilities which may

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On Fentanyl, the Opioid Crisis, Psychedelics, and Cannabis Risk: A Q&A with Dr. Nora Volkow

Dr. Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and leading authority on substance use and the science of addiction, explains the origins of the fentanyl crisis, the challenges of treating overdoses, and offers her assessment of psychedelics as therapies for psychiatric

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2022 Leading Research Achievements

We are pleased to present you with the 2022 Leading Research Achievements by BBRF Grantees, Prizewinners & Scientific Council Members.

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ADVICE ON MENTAL HEALTH: What Research Tells Us About Cannabis Use — And What Parents Should Consider

The trend to legalize cannabis is not yet accompanied by a solid body of research that would assure the parents of an adolescent, for example, that the use of cannabis from an early age is harmless. Indeed, some recent research suggests that at least some young users may be at considerable

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Looking at Addiction and Suicide Through the Lens of Brain Science

The New York Times reported that drugs, alcohol, and suicide together claimed more than 150,000 American lives in 2017. The grim statistic, attributed to two public health nonprofit groups, was based on mortality data compiled by the U.S. CDC. Suicides accounted for over 47,000 of these

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Brain Gears Drug Addiction

By all accounts, drug addiction across America has reached epidemic proportions. More than 22 million people suffer from substance abuse problems, and in 2014, over 43,000 died from unintentional drug overdoses in the United States. Despite these tragic numbers, there are few effective

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