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2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Addiction Science Award

How Scientists Approach Their Research

Sara Bellum
April 26, 2011

“We always start with a question…” Read More »

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“Blending” Research and Real Life

Sara Bellum
April 21, 2010

In April NIDA is having its “Blending” conference. No, this is not a conference about smoothies…So what does “Blending” mean to NIDA? Read More »

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Happy New Year!

Sara Bellum
December 31, 2009

Since we’re at the end of December, it’s almost time for New Year’s Resolutions. Most of those are really hard to keep, right? (like commitments to exercise more or get straight A’s). Read More »


How Does Cocaine Work? It's Partly In Your Genes

Sara Bellum
September 21, 2009

You probably know that your genes help make you who you are. Except for identical twins, everyone has a slightly different set of genes, and when our genes interact with our environment, that’s what makes us unique individuals. Read More »

The Growth of the Teenage Brain From Age Four to Twenty-One

Who Has More Brain Power--You or Your Parents?

Sara Bellum
August 17, 2009

NIDA scientists are always saying that teens shouldn’t use drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. But do you know why they say that? Because of scientific studies like this one by Dr. Jay Giedd, which shows that your brain won’t reach its adult potential until you’re over 20 years old. Read More »