George F. Koob, Ph.D.
George F. Koob, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders at The Scripps Research Institute and adjunct professor in the departments of psychology and psychiatry, and adjunct professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. As an authority on drug addiction and stress, he has contributed to our understanding of the neurocircuitry associated with the acute reinforcing effects of drugs of abuse and the neuroadaptations of the reward and stress circuits associated with the transition to dependence. Dr. Koob has published over 700 scientific papers and has received continuous funding for his research from the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
The Darkness Within: Individual Differences in Stress
Factors ranging from age and gender to life experiences and cultural background make us react to situations differently. But biological bases, such as the way genetics and neurochemicals affect our brains, are providing insight into addiction, post traumatic stress disorder, and stressful situations that we face every day.