Dr. Carlos Blanco is the Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research at NIDA. He is a nationally known expert in the epidemiology and treatment of addictive disorders. His accomplishments include, among others, a detailed examination of the course and stages of substance use disorders, the development of methods to quantify the generalizability of clinical trials, the development and testing of behavioral interventions to improve the outcome of individuals with addictive disorders, and the creation of a virtual map of psychiatric disorders, based on empirical data, to guide research into the causes of mental disorders. He is a graduate of Universidad AutÓnoma de Madrid (Spain) and completed his psychiatry residency and a research fellowship at Columbia University. In his free time, Dr. Blanco enjoys reading and traveling all over the world.