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Foundations and Innovations in the Neuroscience of Addiction

Dedicated to the memory of Dr. Roger Brown, Associate Director of Neuroscience and Behavioral Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse

A Two-Day Symposium, May 14-15, 2003
William H. Natcher Conference Center, NIH Campus
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.




Roger Brown Memorial

Roger Brown, Ph.D.

Roger Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Roger M. Brown joined the National Institute on Drug Abuse with prior training as both a pharmacist and a research neuropsychopharmacologist, and served a key role in building the foundations of a strong neuroscience research program at NIDA. Roger earned his Ph.D. under Dr. Lewis Seiden at the University of Chicago in 1972 and was especially proud of the research he accomplished during 2 years of training at the Farmakologiska Institute, Goteborg, Sweden, in the laboratory of Dr. Arvid Carlsson. Upon his return to the states, he joined the neuropsychology laboratory of Dr. Patricia Goldman-Rakic at the NIMH Intramural Research Program as a Senior Staff Fellow, and subsequently moved to NIDA in 1979 as a staff pharmacologist. At NIDA, he served as Program Official (1979-1984), Executive Secretary in the Office of Extramural Review (1981), and Chief of the Neuroscience Research Branch in the Division of Basic Research (1983-2000). In 2000, he began his tenure as the Associate Director for Neuroscience in the Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, a position he held until his death in June of 2002. He was a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. Roger was particularly proud of his early role in recognizing the importance of central dopaminergic systems in drug abuse and in fostering the growth and expansion of cutting-edge research that serves as the foundation of neuroscientific approaches to drug abuse and addiction today. In 2001, he received the J. Michael Morrison Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence in recognition of his outstanding administrative skills and leadership.

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