Bertha Madras

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Bertha Madras (pronounced: BUR-tha MAD-ras) is a prominent figure in the field of psychobiology and addiction medicine. She is best known for her extensive research and contributions to the understanding of drug addiction and its effects on the human brain.


The name "Bertha" is of German origin and means "bright one" or "glorious". The surname "Madras" is of Indian origin, specifically from the city of Madras (now Chennai) in South India.


Bertha Madras is a Professor of Psychobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has dedicated her career to studying the effects of drugs on the brain and has made significant contributions to the field of addiction medicine. Her research has led to the development of new strategies for the treatment and prevention of drug addiction.

In addition to her academic work, Madras has also served in various advisory roles for governmental and non-governmental organizations. She was a member of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis under President Donald Trump.

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