On Aug. 24, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) visited NIDA’s IRP research facility in East Baltimore.
He met with NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (at right) and IRP director Dr. Antonello Bonci
(below, left, joined by Dr. Thomas Ross) to discuss the latest addiction research. Volkow and
Bonci guided the congressman on a tour of the facility, which included viewing the cutting-edge
clinical and basic research laboratories and tools being used to help further what is known about
drug addiction. Sarbanes was led through the Archway Clinic, which conducts studies in human
volunteers to better understand, treat and prevent drug abuse and dependence. To end the tour,
Volkow and Bonci showcased NIDA’s brain imaging capabilities, where Sarbanes was able to see
the manipulation of brain cells at the neuron level.