Molecular Mechanisms of Drug Addiction

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Molecular Mechanisms of Drug Addiction

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Presented by 
Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D.
Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience

Chair, Department of Neuroscience

Director, Friedman Brain Institute

Scientific Council Member (Joined 1997)

2009 Falcone Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Affective Disorders Research (Colvin Prize)

2008 Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience Research

1996 Distinguished Investigator Grant


Dr. Nestler studies the molecular basis of addiction and depression in animal models, focusing on the brain pathways that regulate responses to natural rewards such as food, sex and social interaction. His research has established that drug- and stress-induced changes in genetic transcription factors and chromatin remodeling mechanisms in reward pathways mediate long-lived behavioral changes relevant to addiction and depression.

Before moving to Mount Sinai, Dr. Nestler was Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and the Director of the Abraham Ribicoff Research Facilities and the Division of Molecular Psychiatry at Yale.

Moderated by
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein served as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association from 2012 - 2023.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.