Presented by: Michael Nader, Ph.D.
This presentation will describe key brain regions affected by drug misuse and how experimental paradigms model prevention strategies.
1. Identify the brain regions associated with reward, impulsivity, and learning
2. Convey a basic understanding of how major classes of drugs interact with these brain regions
3. Explore several models of laboratory research on drug misuse and examine how key findings from laboratory research provide evidence for major prevention and treatment effort
About Michael Nader, Ph.D.
Michael A. Nader, Ph.D. is a behavioral neuropharmacologist with research interest in the areas of substance abuse, impulsivity, brain dopamine receptor function and animal models of human disease. His research examines individual differences in drug effects, highlighting sex differences, social rank and drug history as important organismal variables that influence outcome. He studies cocaine, nicotine, THC, oxycodone and methamphetamine in models of drug reinforcement, cognition and the study of physiological consequences to chronic drug treatment using telemetry devices.
For nearly 30 years, his laboratory has utilized an extremely novel animal model involving nonhuman primate social behavior and intravenous drug self-administration; the original studies involving socially housed male monkeys was recognized with a MERIT Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Dr. Nader has served on the Board of Directors for College on Problems of Drug Dependence, is the past-chair of the Behavioral Pharmacology Division at the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and is a past member of NIDA Council. He has been at Wake Forest School of Medicine since 1992 and has mentored 4 post-doctoral fellows, 11 Ph.D. students, 2 M.S. students and served on 26 dissertation committees. Dr. Nader is past Director of the Graduate Program in Physiology and Pharmacology, past Chair of the Dean’s Research Advisory Committee at Wake Forest School of Medicine and has had over 60 graduate and undergraduate students participate in laboratory rotations. In 2013 he gave a TEDx talk on US drug policy and the benefits of animal research. He was also the recipient of the 2015 College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Mentorship Award.