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DEA Museum Lecture – Mark Gold, MD

Published: June 9th, 2014

Category: News

What We have Learned: Four Decades of Addiction, Neurobiology and Treatment Research

Learn about the evolution of drug, tobacco, and alcohol addiction research over the past forty years, where we are today with understanding how drugs affect the body and brain, how addictions—once thought untreatable—are successfully treated, and what the future may look like in this changing field.


About the Speaker:

First and foremost, Dr. Mark Gold is a researcher and mentor. Since beginning his career in research at the University of Florida (UF) in 1970, he has been the author of over 900 medical articles, chapters and abstracts in journals for health professionals on a wide variety of psychiatric research subjects and authoring twelve professional books. He has nearly 40 years of successfully mentoring young addiction researchers, teachers and clinicians.  Dr. Gold has been a leader at the university, state, national and international level in drug prevention, treatment advocacy and research.  Dr. Gold has been a major contributor to the national drug strategy, adviser, participant in consensus panels and with national institutes over the years. Dr. Gold’s pioneering work on the brain systems underlying change in the way opiate addiction is understood.  During the mid-1980s Dr. Gold and colleagues developed a new theory for cocaine action, cocaine dependence and cocaine withdrawal in the dopamine-rich areas of the brain.