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Read the May Ask the Expert Answers to Questions


Read the May Ask the Expert Answers to Questions
June 11, 2013

Dr. Markus Heilig answers questions about the May Road to Recovery Program: New Trends and Implications: Discoveries and Developments in Behavioral Health. Research agendas at our National Institutes of Health produce exciting discoveries and developments for the behavioral health field.  This show highlights important findings emerging from the National Institutes of Health across the domains of prevention, treatment, and recovery and explores the inter-relationships of alcohol use disorders, disorders from use of other drugs, and mental disorders. Innovations based on this research are profoundly impacting the practice of behavioral health, the direction of health reform, and the advancement of health information technology.

Dr. Heilig oversees investigations into the effects of acute and chronic alcohol consumption and the effects of drug treatments on patients with a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and dependence at the National Institute of Health.  Dr. Heilig obtained his M.D. in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Psychiatric Neurochemistry in 1989 from Sweden’s Lund University.  From 1990-1992, he was a postdoctoral fellow with Professor George Koob at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, where he continued to study neuropeptide systems in emotionality and stress.  Following his return to Sweden, Dr. Heilig completed his clinical psychiatry training in 1995, and served in different clinical and academic leadership roles at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden from 1995-2004.  In addition to research and academic teaching, Dr. Heilig has been an advocate for public education to remove the stigma of addiction and counter the popular perception that addiction is the product of a character defect.

Read the May Questions and Answers, answered by Dr. Heilig here:

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