Mike Baumann is a Staff Scientist at NIDA’s Intramural Research Program in Baltimore. Mike and his colleagues examine the biological effects of newly-emerging drugs of abuse which are often known as “designer drugs” or “new psychoactive substances” (NPS). “Bath salts” (synthetic stimulants) and “Spice” (synthetic cannabinoids) are common examples of NPS. These substances are man-made alternatives to more common drugs of abuse, and little is known about their effects on the brain or other organs in the body. As a parent of three children, Mike is dedicated to educating the public about the risks associated with drugs of abuse, especially NPS. When not working in the laboratory, he enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, camping and kayaking.