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Understanding the Brain: What Drugs Can Tell Us

Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom, Ph.D.
Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom is a Professor of Pharmacology at Duke University Medical Center and Director of the Duke Center for Science Education. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmacology at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1983, pursued post-doctoral studies at the National Institute of Mental Health, and then in 1986, joined the faculty at Duke. Dr. Schwartz-Bloom carried out 29 years of research in the field of neuropharmacology studying how drugs affect the brain. In addition, she has 16 years of experience in science education research, conducting studies nationally with hundreds of science teachers, and over 40,000 students.

Dr. Schwartz-Bloom is also an avid educator--teaching pharmacology and neuroscience at the precollege, college, and professional school levels. With funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIDA and NIAAA) she spends much of her time designing science curricula, developing novel educational tools, providing professional development, and conducting student assessments. She has earned several national awards as a Science Educator, and some of her findings have been published in journals such as Science.

To learn more about Rochelle’s science education resources for teachers, go to her website at:

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Underwritten by the National Institutes of Health.