Associate Professor of Psychiatry, of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and of Neuroscience
Tobacco smoking is the leading preventable cause of cause of disease, disability and death in the US. It also causes a huge socioeconomic burden. Tobacco contains the addictive drug nicotine. We aim to further understand the effects of smoking on the brain using PET imaging. We are also interested in the effects of e-cigarettes on the brain, which are largely unknown. Our goal is to improve our understanding of tobacco smoking addiction so that more effective treatment and preventative strategies can be developed.