General Interests

Dr. Kuhar’s general interests include how the brain works and what goes wrong in neuropsychiatric disease. He studies many species including man, choosing the best way to answer the question at hand. Behavior, anatomy of brain structures, and the chemistry of the brain are studied. A focus of his research has been drug addiction, particularly the effects of cocaine and amphetamines. New strategies for the development of medications for drug addicts has also been a theme over many years.

In a recent survey, it was found that Dr. Kuhar has more literature citations than any other scientist at Emory University (click here for CV). He is often asked to be an expert witness in patent and medical malpractice court cases.


The Art and Ethics of Being a Good Colleague

2013, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, North Charleston, SC

We interact with coworkers all the time. Yet we have few guidelines on how to do this, or on what to expect in our relationships. The book’s premise is that we need to be supportive and fair to our colleagues in both good and bad times. This approach provides a much higher quality of work life for us all.

This book is empowering. This book approaches relationships with coworkers and superiors from the point of view of ethics, related skills, and what’s good for us all. It’s a powerful guide on treating others well and being treated fairly in return.

Finally, the message of this book transcends the workplace and can inspire improved relationships with intimates, family, and friends. It has been recognized by many endorsements, including one from the His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama.

To learn more, visit Dr. Kuhar’s Collegial Ethics website.


ResearchEthicsDr. Kuhar’s newest book:

Research Ethics

Available at Amazon.com. Published by CreateSpace Platform, 2018.

This book is a guide to the high ethical standards required to carry out research in the life sciences. The contents of this book are essential not only for complying with ethical standards in research, but also for producing the highest quality research results.



moocA MOOC, an online course sponsored by Coursera and Emory University, entitled The Addicted Brain, first accessible in 2016. https://www.coursera.org/learn/addiction-and-the-brain





 Dr. Kuhar has also published a book titled:

The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs, Alcohol and Nicotine

2011, FT Press, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

It is written for intelligent laymen who are interested in drugs and the brain. It explains what has been learned about the brain, what drugs do to it, and how we can get better and stay away from drugs. It is comprehensive, including parts about brain research and how the brain is a co-conspirator in creating addiction. It describes personality factors that make us vulnerable to drugs, and what we can do about it. It is up-to-date, including many recent discoveries, brain images, and ideas (click here for reviews).



Michael J Kuhar, Ph.D.
Candler Professor of Neuropharmacology
School of Medicine, Emory University
Georgia Research Alliance Scholar
Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for Ethics of Emory
Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University
954 Gatewood Rd NE
Atlanta GA 30322
Office: (404) 727-3274
Cell: (404) 788-5925
Email: mkuhar@emory.edu
Website: http://www.michaeljkuhar.com/