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Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation

ISSN: 1179-8467

Dr Rajendra Badgaiyan

Dr Badgaiyan

Department of Psychiatry, South Texas Veteran Health Care System, Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital, Long School of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Center, San Antonio, TX, USA

Dr. Rajendra D. Badgaiyan, is the Chief of Psychiatry at South Texas Veterans Health Care System San Antonio, Texas, and Professor of Psychiatry at Long School of Medicine, University of Texas Health. After completing psychiatry residency training at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Badgaiyan worked as a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, State University of New York at Buffalo, and University of Minnesota. He also served as the Chairman of Psychiatry Department and Professor of Psychiatry of the hospital affiliated to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.

Dr. Badgaiyan is known for developing a novel brain imaging technique (Neurotransmitter imaging) for detection, mapping, and quantification of neurotransmitters released in the live human brain during performance of mental activities. Using this technique, he studies dopaminergic control of conscious and nonconscious cognition and behavior. His research has revealed the role of dopamine in maintaining conscious experience and in regulating consciousness. Because of the ability of psychedelic drugs to modify dopamine concentration in the brain, Dr. Badgaiyan believes that these drugs can be used to treat psychiatric illnesses by altering dopamine levels of the brain.

He has received several prizes and awards for research including the prestigious Solomon Prize of Harvard Medical School and BK Anand National Research Prize in India. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Dana Foundation and other agencies. Dr Badgaiyan has published over 200 research papers, book chapters and a book titled 'Neuroscience of the Nonconscious Mind' (Elsevier/Academic Press).

Editorial Board

Stephan Arndt, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Professor Emeritus of Biostatistics, College of Public Health, Former Director, Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research & Evaluation, University of Iowa, USA.

Kenneth Blum, Professor,  Division of Addiction Research and Education, Center for Sports, Exercise & Mental Health, Western University Health Sciences, pomona., CA., USA

Caroline Davis, Professor of Psychology, School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, York University, Toronto, Canada, and Adjunct Scientist, Department of Neurogenetics, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada.

Kenneth Grasing, Director, Substance Abuse Research Laboratory, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center; Kansas, MO, USA

David Andrew Fogel Haaga, Professor, Department of Psychology, American University, Washington, DC, USA

Peter Hajek, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Head of Psychology, and Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London, UK

Levent Kirisci, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Kai-Uwe Lewandrowski, Staff Surgeon, Owner, Center for Advanced Spine Care of Southern Arizona.

Walter Ling, Professor of Psychiatry & Director Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, Dept of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Celia C. Lo, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, USA.

Florence Noble, Pharmacoloy and addiction therapies, Université de Paris, Paris, France.

John Bryan Page, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Miami Coral Gables, FL, USA

Angela Robertson, Research Professor, Social Science Research Center of Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, USA

Christine Timko, Senior Research Career Scientist, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, California, Consulting Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University Medical Center, USA

Jichuan Wang, Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Senior biostatistician, Center for Clinical and Community Research (CCCR), The Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), Washington, D.C., USA

Thomas Wickizer, Stephen F. Loebs Professor Emeritus, Health Services Management and Policy, and Academy Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Michael J. Zvolensky, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Professor; Director, Anxiety and Health Research Laboratory-Substance Use Treatment Clinic (AHRL-SUTC), University of Houston, Houston, TX , USA