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Area of Expertise: Addiction Research
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David P. Friedman, PhD

Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology

A neuroscientist and professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Friedman has worked in the drug abuse field for more than 30 years. He is an expert on how drug abuse affects the brain and is committed to making new scientific findings accessible to lay audiences. Formerly an official with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Friedman has focused his research on the effects of cocaine and alcohol on the brain. Friedman is a co-founder and director of the Addiction Studies Program at Wake Forest Baptist, which has trained more than 400 journalists in the science of addiction and helped more than 25 state governments to improve state-level drug abuse prevention and treatment delivery. Friedman is frequently asked to comment in the media on issues related to substance abuse research and policy.


neurobiology of drug addiction, alcohol addiction, prescription drug addiction, cognitive functions


Salvia Research News

The controversial drug salvia got a lot of attention last month when teen pop sensation and television star Miley Cyrus was filmed smoking the herb at a party. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical School are going to study whether it can be used as a potential treatment for an array of neurological disorders, including addiction. In this story on, David P. Friedman, Ph.D., professor of physiology and associate dean for research, is quoted about potential effects on the adolescent brain. 

Wake Forest Baptist Addiction Studies Program for Legislators a Success
Four teams of high-level executive and legislative branch decision makers from South Dakota, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia have completed a late-April policy development workshop offered by the Addiction Studies Program for the States (ASP), which is supported by Wake Forest School of Medicine. 

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