Dr. Nora Volkow will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Edith and John Hans Low-Beer Memorial lecture, titled Mental Illness & Drug Addiction: Common Developmental Risks & Brain Pathways.
Director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Nora Volkow is a world leader in the neurobiology of diseases of reward and self-control such as addiction and obesity. Dr. Volkow was born in Mexico City, where she lived until she completed medical school. While training as a psychiatrist in New York City, she started doing research with brain imaging technologies to study how drugs affect the human brain. Nora’s research has been instrumental in demonstrating that addiction is a brain disease that undermines the function of circuits that underlie reward, motivation, and self-control—and in identifying overlapping circuitry disruptions in obesity.
Dr. Volkow has published more than 600 peer-reviewed articles and written more than 95 book chapters and non-peer-reviewed manuscripts, and has also edited three books on neuroimaging for mental and addictive disorders. She has been the recipient of multiple awards and was inducted into the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) Hall of Fame. Dr. Volkow has been named one of Time magazine’s “Top 100 People Who Shape Our World,” “One of the 20 People to Watch” by Newsweek magazine, Washingtonian magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women” and “Innovator of the Year” by U.S. News & World Report.
You don’t want to miss it.
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7 pm
At Oscar Peterson Concert Hall
7141 Sherbrooke West, Montreal
Free admission and no need to register in advance
Lecture will be presented in English