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Nicholas "Nick" Edward Goeders, Ph.D.

Nicholas Goeders

Goeders graduated from LSU Shreveport in 1978 with a BS in Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the LSU Medical Center School of Graduate Studies in 1984. Goeders is now working as professor and head of the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

Goeders received one of the 2009 LSUS Alumni Association Circle of Excellence Awards.

"LSUS was a lot smaller when I attended. The Student Union/Snack Shack was a small metal building, as was the book store. However, the instructors really cared about their students and that truly mattered to me," he said.

As for his academic success, he appreciates LSUS. "LSUS effectively prepared me for graduate school. While graduate school was significantly more intense than my studies as an undergraduate, I was able to quickly evolve my study habits...I credit LSUS with much of my academic successes," said Goeders

He is considered one of the world's leaders on the role of stress in drug addiction. He recently formed Embera Neuro Therpeutics, Inc. to conduct clinical trials on the treatment of addiction based on the results from his research on stress and addiction. Embera is testing a novel combinational drug treatment in cocaine addicts and cigarette smokers, and this pharmacotherapy may also prove to be effective in the treatment of drug and other addictions, including gambling.

"I cannot see myself doing anything else. I still cannot believe that they pay me to do what I do," said Dr. Nick Goeders.