National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NIH
Dr. Roger Sorensen is a Program Official in the Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). He provides management and direction of a basic biomedical research grant portfolio that seeks to identify the biological actions of psychoactive drugs on the function and structure of the brain and nervous system, especially those actions that contribute to the behavioral changes leading to substance abuse and addiction. He also manages the Pathways to Independence Award [K99/R00] program in basic research for NIDA. Dr. Sorensen’s scientific interests are in understanding the neurobiology and neural circuitry that support alcohol and drug abuse, and other addictive behaviors.
Dr. Sorensen received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a M.P.A. in healthcare management and policy from Rutgers University-Camden, NJ. Prior to joining the NIH, he held a faculty position at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. Dr. Sorensen came to the NIH in 2000 as a Program Official for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and joined NIDA in 2007. He contributes to various programs and planning activities across the NIH including the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience and BRAIN Initiative programs.