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.
Keywordsneurobiology of drug addiction, alcohol addiction, prescription drug addiction, cognitive functions