NIDA Grantee Dr. Margaret Brandeau of Stanford University was presented with the President's Award during the national conference of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences), October 13, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Dr. Brandeau has played a central role in advanced HIV/AIDS modeling research, including expanded HIV testing. Her work has led to important HIV/AIDS policy changes in the U.S.
On January 28, 2009, Lynn Kunkel, CTN Oregon/Hawaii Node, received a Golden Rose Award from Oregon Health and Science University for service of excellence. Each month the University selects five individuals for recognition of services that exceed expectations on one or more of five Pillars of Excellence: People, Service, Quality, Finance and Growth. The award included an engraved plaque and an Apple iPod. Dennis McCarty, OR/HI Node PI, nominated Lynn for her perseverance during a trip to Hartford, CT in December to complete a Simulated Patient (SP) walkthrough for CTN-0032 at the Wheeler Clinic. Lynn's commitment to the Clinical Trials Network and the research protocol being implemented exceeded expectations. Despite the setbacks, the site visit received rave reviews from the Wheeler Clinic staff and provided them with an invaluable opportunity to practice study procedures prior to the start of the CTN-0032 trial. She provided excellent service and strengthened OHSU's contributions to the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network.
Jennifer Prah Ruger, Ph.D., was promoted to Associate Professor at the Yale School of Public Health.
On February 5, 2009, Dr. George Woody, CTN Delaware Valley Node (Node PI), received a memorial award in honor of Alexei Alexeevich Likhachev, the founder of the Pharmacology Department of the Women's Medical Institute of St. Petersburg, Russia (later renamed Pavlov State Medical University). Dr. Woody gave a presentation entitled "Naltrexone treatment and HIV risk reduction for heroin addiction: 10-years Penn-Pavlov experience". The occasion was a meeting celebrating the 110th year of the Department of Pharmacology at Pavlov State Medical University.