TITLE: Alan Leshner Discusses New Science of Addiction and What It Means to Society
SPEAKER: Alan Leshner
EVENT DATE: 2008/03/04
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 46 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Advances in science in recent decades have revolutionized the understanding of the nature of drug abuse and addiction and what society needs to do about them.
According to Alan Leshner, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), there is now a clear understanding that drug abuse and addiction are bio-behavioral phenomena with important biological, behavioral and social-context components. Those components must be recognized in developing prevention, treatment and social-policy responses to the problems.
Speaker Biography: Alan Leshner has been chief executive officer of AAAS since December 2001. AAAS was founded in 1848 and is the world's largest multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering society. Prior to his arrival at AAAS, Leshner was director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has also served as deputy director and acting director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and has worked in senior positions at the National Science Foundation. He was a professor of psychology for 10 years at Bucknell University. Leshner received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and master's and Ph.D. degrees in physiological psychology from Rutgers University. President Bush appointed Leshner to the National Science Board in 2004. He also sits on the Advisory Committee to the director of NIH and represents AAAS on the U.S. Commission for UNESCO.