The directors of NIH institutes concerned with mental health, alcoholism and drug abuse will speak at APA's 2003 Annual Convention in the special session, "Research priorities for NIH institutes." They are:
Thomas Insel, MD, who was appointed director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) last fall. Before coming to NIMH, he was professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at the Emory University School of Medicine. His research has focused on obsessive-compulsive disorder and the neurobiology of attachment and separation.
Ting-Kai Li, MD, who began his term as director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) last fall. Before coming to NIAAA, he was professor of medicine and of biochemistry at the Indiana University School of Medicine and director of the Indiana Alcohol Research Center. His research has focused on alcohol metabolism and animal models of alcoholism.
Nora Volkow, MD, who took up the directorship of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in April. She comes to NIDA from Brookhaven National Laboratory, where she directed the nuclear medicine program and the NIDA-DOE Regional Neuroimaging Center and was associate director of life sciences, as well as a professor of psychiatry at Stony Brook University of the State University of New York. Her research has focused on the effects of drugs of abuse on the human brain.