Nora D. Volkow, M.D., is director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. As a research psychiatrist and scientist, she pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs and has made key contributions to the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD, and aging. Before coming to NIDA, Dr. Volkow held leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, including Director of Nuclear Medicine, Chairman of the Medical Department, and Associate Director for Life Sciences. She has been a professor and Associate Dean of the Medical School at the State University of New York-Stony Brook. Dr. Volkow has published over 600 peer-reviewed articles and edited three books on neuroimaging for mental and addictive disorders. She received the International Prize from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research, the Child Mind Institute's Distinguished Scientist Award, and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence's Nathan B. Eddy Memorial Award.