Drug addiction as a disease of the free will
Nora Volkow is a doctor, born in Mexico,
She is currently the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the US. She studied her degree in medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in the Federal District.
Volkow's work has been fundamental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain. As a psychiatric researcher and scientist, she has pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects of drugs and their addictive properties.
Her studies have documented changes in the dopamine system that affect actions of the frontal brain regions, involved in motivation, impulses and pleasure, as well as documenting the reduction with age of the role dopamine plays in the brain.
Nora has also made important contributions in the field of neurobiology of obesity, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and conduct changes that occur with aging.
Throughout her career, Nora has received numerous awards, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.