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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse
May, 2002

Grantee Honors

Dr. Regina M. Carelli, University of North Carolina, has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on outstanding scientists and engineers at the outset of their independent research careers.

Dr. Allan C. Collins, of the University of Colorado, has been selected to receive the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco's 2003 Langley Award for "excellence in a research career devoted to the study of nicotine addiction." This is only the second time that the Society has awarded the Langley (J-P Chaneux was the first). Dr. Collins will give the Langley Award lecture in New Orleans, LA in February 2003.

Dr. Renee M. Cunningham-Williams, Washington University School of Medicine, was recognized by the Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders for presenting the "Best Poster" at the 2001 annual conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Along with her co-authors, Linda B. Cottler and Samantha J. Books, Dr. Cunningham-Williams presented her work on the development of a diagnostic module for assessing problem gambling.

Dr. Thomas Dishion of the University of Oregon, received the 2002 Society for Research on Adolescence Social Policy Award for the journal article Dishion, T., McCord, J. & Poulin, F. When Interventions Harm: Peer Groups and Problem Behavior. American Psychologist, 54, pp. 755-764, 1999.

Dr. Brian Flay of the University of Illinois at Chicago, received the American Academy of Health Behavior 2002 Research Laureate Award.

Dr. Joanna S. Fowler of the Brookhaven National Laboratory was awarded the Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Nuclear Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. Dr. Fowler was honored for her work in the synthesis of organic compounds labeled with radioactive isotopes and their use in radiotracer research. Her work was recognized for its significant impact in chemistry, biology, and medicine. Among her many accomplishments were measurement of the pharmacokinetics of cocaine in the human brain; demonstrating that the binding site for cocaine in humans is the basal ganglia; and studies of the role of MAO B in smoking. Dr. Fowler is a member of the NIDA Board of Scientific Counselors and a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Nuclear Imaging in Drug Research.

Dr. Victor J. Hruby, Regents Professor and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arizona, was awarded the Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry, sponsored by Merck Research Laboratories. Dr. Hruby was recognized for his use of nuclear magnetic resonance and other physical methods for performing conformational analysis of peptide hormones and analogs and neurotransmitters. Dr. Hruby has utilized these methods to design analogs of enkephelin with delta opioid receptor specificity.

Dr. Andrei Kozlov, Director of the St. Petersburg Biomedical Center and head of the Russian HIV Vaccine Program, was awarded, together with Librarian of Congress James Billington (a Russian scholar) and U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, Rotary International's highest award, the Paul Harris Fellowship. The award was presented to Dr. Kozlov, in recognition of his major contributions in AIDS research which have benefited the international community, at the Rotary International conference, "Cold War Healing: Health Assistance for Russia," Washington, D.C. Feb. 7 through 9, 2002. Dr. Kozlov was also honored recently by a visit from Russian First Lady Ludmilla Putin on April 16, 2002. An express purpose of Mrs. Putin's visit was to learn more about the research which NIDA is funding Dr. Kozlov to do on drug abuse and AIDS.

Dr. Jonathan Sweedler of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, received the 2002 Heinrich-Emanuel-Merck-Prize for Analytical Chemistry. The award is intended for chemists up to the age of 45, working in particular on developing new methods of chemical analysis and their applications in areas of human interest.

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