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Cracking the Code: Solving the Puzzle of Cocaine Dependence

  • Broadcast in Psychology
Columbia Psychiatry NYSPI

Columbia Psychiatry NYSPI


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Frances R. Levin, MD, Kennedy-Leavy Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center; Director of Addiction Psychiatry Residency, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Adam Bisaga, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center; Research Psychiatrist, Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS)   


Dr. Frances Levin and Dr. Adam Bisaga will provide an overview of the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of cocaine dependence, with an emphasis on the effectiveness of medication treatments and behavioral therapy.  Before answering questions from listeners, these experts will briefly discuss experimental treatments for cocaine dependence available at present at the Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS) on the Columbia University Medical Center campus, as well as the development of new medications, including a ‘cocaine vaccine.’

Contact Information

For more information about research opportunities for adults with cocaine use disorder, please visit call the Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS) at 212-923-3031.  For more information about substance use disorders, please visit the website of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at

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