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Consequences of chronic drug use: Some reflections on a career in translational neuroscience


Dr. Linda Porrino

Linda J. Porrino, Ph.D. is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from New York University and completed postdoctoral training at the National Institute of Mental Health in the labs of Patricia Goldman-Rakic and Louis Sokoloff. She joined the faculty at Wake Forest in 1990. Her research focuses on the use of brain imaging methods to visualize the effects of chronic drug use on brain structure and function; research that has been supported by continuously by NIH grants for the past 29 years. At Wake Forest she served as Chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology from 2008-2019. She is the past President of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and has served on the Advisory Council of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publication and is the winner of the 2020 Nathan B. Eddy Memorial Award for distinguished research in the field of drug dependence from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. She has participated in numerous study sections over the years and continues to serve as a mentor to graduate students, residents, fellows, and faculty. She retired in October, 2021. For Zoom link access please write to Tyler at


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