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About NIDA

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—the nation's leading medical research agency.

Mountain icon to represent mission conceptMission: To advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.

Icon depicting arrow and target represents strategy conceptThis mission involves:

  • Strategically supporting and conducting basic and clinical research on drug use (including nicotine), its consequences, and the underlying neurobiological, behavioral, and social mechanisms involved.
  • Ensuring the effective translation, implementation, and dissemination of scientific research findings to improve the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and enhance public awareness of addiction as a brain disorder.

Bar chart icon representing research conceptNIDA Research helps to:

  • Understand how the brain works when people use—and don't use—drugs, such as nicotine, cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana
  • Find out what causes people to use drugs
  • Discover new treatments for health problems related to drug use
  • See how using drugs for a long time affects the brain
  • Find the best ways to help individuals stop smoking cigarettes


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Screening hours

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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Call Center hours

8:30 am to 6:00 pm

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Study hours
Varies by study

(Evening and weekend hours available for some studies)

Getting Here

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East Baltimore location
From Baltimore Area From Washington D.C.
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Campus Map
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Screening Participants

For a screening visit, you should park in the Mid-Campus Lot. The entrance is at the intersection of Bayview Boulevard and Bayview Circle. You will not need to pay to enter the lot. We will give you a validated parking pass to cover the cost of your parking.

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Study Participants

For study visits, you should park in the Rear Lot of the NIDA building (also known as the Biomedical Research Center or BRC) in a spot reserved for NIDA study participants. This is a free parking lot, and Security can direct you to the reserved spaces. The lot entrance is on Bioscience Drive, just off Lombard Street. If all reserved spots are taken, please ask Security for guidance. If you are directed to Mid-Campus parking, we will give you a validated parking pass to cover the cost of your parking.

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Meet Our Staff

Dr. Lorenzo Leggio
Lorenzo Leggio, M.D., Ph.D.

Acting Clinical Director, NIDA IRP

Deputy Scientific Director, NIDA IRP

Chief, Translational Addiction Medicine Branch

Chief, Clinical Psychoneuroendocrinology and Neuropsychopharmacology Section

Associate Director for Clinical Research, Medication Development Program

Dr. Brenda Curtis
Dr. Brenda Curtis

Chief, Technology and Translational Research Unit

Dr. David Epstein
Dr. David Epstein

Chief, Real-world Assessment, Prediction, and Treatment Unit

Dr. Amy C. Janes
Amy C. Janes, Ph.D.

Chief, Cognitive and Pharmacological Neuroimaging Unit

Dr. Betty Jo Salmeron
Dr. Thorsten Kahnt

Chief, Learning and Decision-Making Unit

Dr. Betty Jo Salmeron
Dr. Betty Jo Salmeron

Staff Clinician, Neuroimaging Research Branch

Dr. Stephanie Weiss
Dr. Stephanie Weiss, M.D., Ph.D.

Staff Clinician, Translational Addiction Medicine Branch

Dr. Yihong Yang
Dr. Yihong Yang

Acting Chief, Neuroimaging Research Branch

Chief, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Section

Learn more about NIDA at

Learn more about NIDA’s Intramural Research Program, located in Baltimore, Maryland, at

Is a NIDA Research Study an Option for Me?

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