Eric J. Nestler is the Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs and Director of the Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. His research is focused on a molecular approach to drug addiction and depression. He is the co-author of four books and more than 650 peer-reviewed articles, and he serves as principal investigator on 6 NIH grants.
When we try to get rid of a bad habit, whether it involves food or drugs or gambling, it often seems like we're fighting ourselves inside. The reality's not far off: Addiction twists the reward pathways of the brain to keep addicts tied to whatever gets them high. But can we use our knowledge of the brain to undo these neurological knots? Watch psychiatrist Nora Volkow, chemist Kim Janda, and neuroscientists Eric Nestler and Amir Levine explain the latest thinking in the science of addiction in the mind in "The Craving Brain".
In this edition of the Science Behind Addiction LIVE video series, University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski and NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow discuss race, equity and inclusion in academia and science.