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David P. Friedman, PhD

David P. Friedman, PhD


FriedmanDavid P. Friedman, PhD
Dept. of Physiology & Pharmacology
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1083
Phone: 336-713-7186
Fax: 336-713-7168

2007 Science Educator Award, Society for Neuroscience 

PhD Physiology, New York Medical College (1978)
MS Physiology, New York Medical College (1977)
BS Biology. University of Pittsburgh (1968)

1978 National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship (NINDS)
1988 NIDA Director's Award for Significant Achievement
1989 ADAMHA Administrator's Award for Meritorious Performance (as part of the Neurosciences Research Branch)
1990    PHS Special Recognition Award (as part of Medications Development Working Group)
1990  ADAMHA Administrator's Award for Meritorious Performance
2003    Media Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence for the Addiction Studies Program for Journalists
2007 Society for Neuroscience Educator Award
2008 Synapse Award from the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience

Director, Addition Studies Program (
Director, Medical Neuroscience Block

2002-2010  Board of Directors, Northwest Area Health Education Center
2002-2010 Board of Directors Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching and Learning,Wake Forest University
2002-Present Board of Directors, North Carolina   Association for Biomedical Research
2004-2010 Board of Directors, North Carolina Governor's Institute on Alcohol and Substance Abuse
2007-2010 Board Chair
2012-  Board of Directors National Association for Biomedical  Research

National Committees
National Institute on Drug Abuse  Extramural Science Advisory Board, 1993-1995
Society for Neuroscience   Committee on Animals in Research 1986-1990;2007-present
Committee on Neuroscience Literacy 1990-1993 (founding member) 

Research Area
Neural basis of addiction, effects of alcohol on the brain , genetic and environmental influences on drinking and the response to alcohol, effects of stress on alcohol consumption

Brief Summary of Research
The Friedman lab uses alcohol self-administration in non-human primates to understand how alcohol-induced brain changes lead to addiction.  Brains are studied using both in vivo (PET, MRI) and in vitro (quantitative in vitro receptor autoradiography, cell counting and volume analysis) approaches.  A hallmark of the lab is the large number of collaborations it maintains to assure that cutting-edge techniques are applied to research questions. 

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