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NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow to Participate in Facebook Chat about TEDMED Presentation


February 11, 2015

Dr. Nora Volkow presenting at TEDMEDDr. Nora Volkow - photo courtesy of Sandy Huffaker for TEDMED

NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow will participate in a LIVE Facebook chat, hosted by TEDMED, on Thursday, February 12, at 1 p.m. EST to discuss what we can learn about compulsive overeating from studying the brain chemistry of people with drug addictions.

This past September, Dr. Volkow was a featured speaker at TEDMED, the annual multi-disciplinary gathering where leaders from all sectors of society come together to explore the promise of technology and potential of human achievement in health and medicine. Her presentation, “Why do our brains get addicted?” discussed the obesity epidemic and the parallels between compulsive overeating and drug addiction.

The Facebook chat can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/982256358468783/

Participants are encouraged to RSVP, invite others to join, and tweet questions in advance by using #TEDMED.

Dr. Volkow’s TEDMED presentation, can be found at: http://tedmed.com/talks/show?id=309096&ref=about-this-talk

Dr. Volkow’s related blog post can be found at: www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/noras-blog/2015/01/brain-in-progress-why-teens-cant-always-resist-temptation

For more information, contact the NIDA press office at media@nida.nih.gov or 301-443-6245.

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About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy, improve practice, and advance addiction science. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at www.drugabuse.gov, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to drugpubs@nida.nih.gov. Online ordering is available at drugpubs.drugabuse.gov. NIDA’s media guide can be found at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/dear-journalist, and its easy-to-read website can be found at www.easyread.drugabuse.gov. You can follow NIDA on Twitter and Facebook.

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    NIDA. (2015, February 11). NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow to Participate in Facebook Chat about TEDMED Presentation. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/news-releases/2015/02/nida-director-dr-nora-volkow-to-participate-in-facebook-chat-about-tedmed-presentation

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