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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse - September, 2009



Staff Highlights

Staff Honors and Awards

The following NIDA staff received the 2009 NIH Director's Award: Wilson Compton "for his significant & important contributions to the implementation of new community-based drug abuse prevention & treatment approaches".

Group Award for National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities: "for contributions made in planning and coordinating the first NIH Summit: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities".
NIDA Recipients: Lula Beatty, Pamela Goodlow and LeShawdra Price

Group Award for Early State Investigator Workgroup: "for conceiving, developing, and implementing NIH policy encouraging biomedical scientists and their institutions to accelerate postdoctoral training completion and early application for independent research support."
NIDA Recipient: Teri Levitin

Group Award for The RTX Development Project Team: "for advancing resiniferatoxin to a successful IND approval, enabling its evaluation in clinical trials as a tx for intractable pain".
NIDA Recipients: Nate Appel, Jamie Biswas, Nora Chang, Marta DeSantis, Roberta Khan, David McCann, Moo Park, Amrat Patel, James Terrill, David Thomas & Robert Walsh

The following NIDA staff received the 2009 NIDA Director's Award:

Carol Cushing, CCTN
Myriam Selmane, DBNBR
Cecelia Spitznas, DCNBR
Elizabeth Lambert, DESPR
Carlo Contoreggi, IRP
Kandi Culbertson, IRP
Bruce T. Hope, IRP
Flair Lindsey, SPO
Nadine Rogers, OEA

The NIDA 2008 Employee Recognition Event
Janelle Barth, James Bjork, Nicolette Borek, Carol Cushing, Tracey Coleman-Rawlinson, Edith Davis, Jennifer Elcano, Joseph Frascella, Stacy Gardner, Deborah Grossman, Aida Klun, Donna Inman, Mary Kautz, Diane Loeb, Marsha Lopez, Lisa Onken, Gerald McLaughlin, Montrue Nelson, Nancy Pilotte, Karen Sirocco, Laurence Stanford, David Thomas, Carolyn Tucker, Barbara Usher, & Michael Wright

The Prevention Research Branch
Aria Crump, Augusto Diana, Syreeta Evans, Elizabeth M. Ginexi, Richard A. Jenkins, Jacqueline Lloyd, Aleta Meyer, Eve Reider, Elizabeth Robertson, and Belinda Sims

The SAETRS Team, DPMCDA
Ann Anderson, Marta De Santis, Roberta Kahn, Erin Iturriaga, Ivan Montoya, and Robert L. Walsh

The Station Support Branch
Tonya Mansfield, Liem Nguyen, Susan Nsangou, Idella Simpson, and Jasmine Snoddy

The NIDAMed Team
Pat Anderson, Ericka Boone, Tom Brady, Redonna Chandler, Usha Charya, Wilson Compton, Tim Condon, Jessica Cotto, Elisabeth Davis, Richard Denisco, Gaya Dowling, Jennifer Elcano, Mark Fleming, Carol Krause, Geoff Laredo, Jan Lipkin, Brian Marquis, Sheryl Massaro, Cindy Miner, Joan Nolan, Stephanie Older, Lisa Onken, Jane Smither, Cecelia Spitznas, Anna Staton, Susan Weiss

The following NIDA staff received the 2009 NIDA Director's Award for EEO, Diversity and Quality of Worklife:
John Hamill
Massoud Vahabzadeh

The following NIDA staff received the 2009 NIDA Director's Innovator Award:
Boris Y. Mileykovskiy

"For development of innovative techniques to measure electrophysiological activities in mid-brain dopamine pathways and their inputs".

The following NIDA staff received Length of Service Awards:

30 Years of Government Service Awards
Patricia Anderson, Diana Haikalis, Susan Harrelson, Sharan Jayne, Elizabeth Lambert, Lawrence Raigrodski, Ming Shih & James Quinn

40 Years of Government Service Award
Marc Brodsky

Dr. David Gorelick, IRP, was among the first group of diplomates selected April, 2009 by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Takato Hiranita, IRP, received a FARE2010 award.

Staff Changes

Jeff Levine, M.J., joined the Public Information and Liaison Branch, OSPC as the NIDA Press Officer in June 2009. Mr. Levine's extensive journalist and broadcast background includes an 18-year career with CNN and several public relation firms, including Porter Novelli and Ketchum where he worked on a great deal of press outreach for health related issues. He also had a three-year stint as the Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief of WebMD at the time the powerhouse online health information site catapulted into national prominence.

Kevin Lin started his summer internship at NIDA CCTN on June 8, 2009 and is currently pursuing his B.S. in Finance. He currently holds a B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Mr. Lin is enrolled in the Gemstone Honors program at University of Maryland and completed a research project which earned him the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Medical Institute Research Grant and a separate research grant from Becton-Dickinson. Mr. Lin wishes to combine his prior intramural research experience at NIAAA with his NIDA internship to gain a comprehensive understanding of NIH operations.

Dr. Geetha Subramaniam joined the Behavioral & Integrative Treatment Branch, DCNBR, on July 6, 2009. Dr. Subramaniam was until very recently a full-time faculty member (Assistant Professor) in the department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Associate Medical Director at Mountain Manor Treatment Center (MMTC) in Baltimore, MD. She attended the Government Medical College, Bellary, Karnataka, India and received a M.B.B.S. degree from Gulbarga University. She completed a residency in general Psychiatry at the University of Missouri Kansas City (WMMHC) and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. She is American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. Dr. Subramaniam has had extensive experience in the treatment of adolescents with substance use disorders, particularly opioid use disorders and integrated treatments for adolescents with co-occurring psychiatric disorders. She was a recipient of a NIDA-AACAP K-12 award focusing on the treatment needs of opioid dependent adolescents; and served as the site Principal Investigator for two of NIDA Clinical Trials Network studies: Buprenorphine/naloxone for the treatment of opioid dependent adolescents and young adults and OROS methylphenidate vs. placebo treatment of ADHD in adolescents with substance use disorders. Dr. Subramaniam has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented her research findings at numerous national conferences.

Dr. David Clark, DESPR, has accepted a Health Scientist Administrator position with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). At NIDCR, Dr. Clark will build a research portfolio that examines the behavioral determinants of oral health both at the provider and patient levels as well as social and community aspects. He will also be active in coordinating and conducting scientific meetings, and performing other core programmatic activities to develop his scientific portfolio. Fortunately for NIDA, Dr. Clark will continue to collaborate with NIDA/DESPR on the Screening and Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) initiative for nicotine dependence, and on trans-NIH workgroups.

William "Jim" Glass, M.S. retired from NIDA on July 2, 2009 with over 30 years of federal service. Jim was the Chief of the Informatics Unit and was responsible for developing the Informatics program in the Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse. Under Jim's leadership, a Clinical Data Repository that houses electronic data collected from many of NIDA's clinical research projects was developed. He also led the development of applications such as Livelink (a document management system currently in use by several divisions in NIDA), a Serious Adverse Events Tracking and Reporting System (SAETRS) for NIDA clinical trials, a Global Library of standardized clinical trial case report forms, and the Addiction Treatment Development Program Discovery and Development application for tracking, analyzing and managing data on compounds of interest to medications development.

Dorie Hightower, former NIDA Press Officer, accepted a position within the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health in May 2009.

Jessica Palmer, Ph.D., ended her 2 year rotation as a AAAS Science and Policy Fellow in OSPC in July 2009. Dr. Palmer's main focus while at NIDA was new media communications strategies and how we can use new technologies such as Twitter, Facebook, virtual games and other online platforms to reach broader audiences. Dr. Palmer's will begin Harvard Law School in the fall.


Index

Research Findings

Program Activities

Extramural Policy and Review Activities

Congressional Affairs

International Activities

Meetings and Conferences

Media and Education Activities

Planned Meetings

Publications

Staff Highlights

Grantee Honors



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