DEA Museum Lecture Series

Please join the DEA Museum for the Second of its Spring 2014 lecture series



What We Have Learned:

Four Decades of Addiction, Neurobiology, and Treatment Research


Mark S. Gold, M.D., University of Florida


Friday, June 6, 2014, 11:00 AM Eastern

DEA Museum/Headquarters Auditorium

With free live webcast on (via non-Firebird computer)




Learn about the evolution of drug, tobacco, and alcohol addiction research over the past forty years, where we are today with understanding how drugs affect the body and brain, how addictions – once thought untreatable are successfully treated, and what the future may look like in this changing field.


About our Speaker:

Dr. Mark Gold has been a leader at the University, State, National, and International level in drug abuse prevention, treatment advocacy, and research. Dr. Gold has been a major contributor to the national drug strategy, advisor, participant in consensus panels, and with the National Institutes over the years. Dr. Gold’s pioneering work on the brain systems underlying the effects of opiate drugs has led to a dramatic change in the way opiate action is understood. During the mid1980s Dr. Gold and colleagues developed a new theory for cocaine action, cocaine dependence, and cocaine withdrawal in the dopaminerich areas of the brain.


First and foremost, Dr. Gold is a researcher and mentor. Since beginning his career in research at the University of Florida (UF) in 1970, he has been the author of over 900 medical articles, chapters, and abstracts in journals for health professionals on a wide variety of psychiatric research subjects and authoring twelve professional books. He has nearly 40 years of successfully mentoring young addiction researchers, teachers, and clinicians.


Dr. Gold is the Donald Dizney Eminent Scholar, Distinguished Professor, and Chair of Psychiatry at UF. Prior to assuming the position as Chair he was a Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Anesthesiology, and Community Health & Family Medicine at the UF College of Medicine. Recently, he has also been selected as UF’s Distinguished Alumni Professor. He is also a member of the McKnight Brain Institute and a Founder of the UF Center for Alcohol and Drug Research and Education. Dr. Gold was the first Faculty in the Division of Addiction Medicine and Chief of the Addiction Medicine Division at UF.