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Nora D. Volkow, MD Biography

Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health
NC to the question "Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?"

“[W]ith respect to whether cell phone exposures are safe or not… our finding in no way clarifies that whole controversial issue because activation of the brain in and of itself is not something negative. It’s physiological. I am activating several areas of my brain. You want me to activate them because otherwise I wouldn’t be functioning properly.

I’m thinking what I’m going to tell you and so my whole frontal cortex is probably using glucose metabolism…

The difference is that it’s a physiological activation as opposed to what you see with a cell phone exposure. And we don’t know – I mean, we really literally do not know if this is in any way negative at all or not.”

“Cell Phone Radiation Affects Brain, Study Says,”, Feb. 25, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health, May 2003-present
  • Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
  • Former Director of Nuclear Medicine, Chairman of the Medical Department, and Associate Director for Life Sciences, US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)
  • Former Associate Dean, Medical School, State University of New York (SUNY)-Stony Brook
  • Former Professor, Department of Psychiatry, State University of New York (SUNY)-Stony Brook
  • Former Assistant Professor, University of Texas Medical School
  • Repipient, International Prize, French Institute of Health and Medical Research
  • Recipient, Laughlin Fellowship Award, New York University (NYU)
  • MD, National University of Mexico, Mexico City, 1981
  • BA, Modern American School
  • Born in Mexico
  • Great Grand Daughter of Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky
  • Has published more than 440 peer-reviewed articles and more than 75 book chapters
  • Named one of Time Magazine’s “Top 100 People Who Shape Our World”
  • Included as one of the 20 people to watch by Newsweek magazine in its “Who’s Next in 2007” feature
  • Included in Washingtonian Magazine’s 2009 list of the “100 Most Powerful Women”
  • Named “Innovator of the Year” by U.S. News & World Report in 2000