Dr. John W. Olney will give a keynote address, in which he will discuss his findings of loss of brain cells in the neonatal primate brain induced by ketamine, at the annual meeting of the International Anesthesiology Research Society (IARS), 20 March 2010, in Honolulu. IARS, in collaboration with the FDA, and largely as a result of Dr. Olney's findings, formed a consortium referred to as the SAFEKIDS (Safety of Key Inhaled and Intravenous Drugs in Pediatrics) initiative, the purpose of which is to make anesthesia and sedation safer for children (http://www.smarttots.org/).
Southern Consortium Node
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Board of Trustees awarded Dr. Kathleen Brady the title of MUSC Distinguished University Professor. This award ". . . has been bestowed upon fewer than thirty individuals in the history of the university. This designation is reserved for individuals who have contributed in substantial ways to their own field of scholarship, and have enriched or enhanced the institution or society in areas outside of their own primary area of scholarship." Dr. Brady's distinguished contributions to the field of clinical psychiatry and to clinical and translational science at MUSC plus her remarkable leadership in obtaining the CTSA proposal have earned her this well-deserved honor.
Oregon/Hawaii (OR/HI) Node
In their annual review of the top doctors in Portland, Portland Monthly Magazine listed Bradley M. Anderson, MD, Chief of Addiction Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Northwest as the top addiction physician in the metropolitan area. Kaiser Permanente Northwest is a program in the OR/HI Node.
New England Node
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare presented its 2010 award for Excellence in Addictions Treatment to The Hartford Dispensary, Paul McLaughlin Executive Director. The Hartford Dispensary is one of the Community Treatment Providers in the New England Node. Fifteen exemplary individuals and organizations were presented with the National Council Awards of Excellence on March 16, 2010, during the 40th Annual Conference of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare in Orlando, FL. The Awards of Excellence honors those who have significantly shaped the mental health and addictions industry and improved the lives of those in need of treatment and support.