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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse - September, 2004

Grantee Honors

Dr. James Alexander, University of Utah, received the American Psychological Association Division 43 Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award on July 29, 2004.

Dr. Kathleen Brady, PI- CTN South Carolina Node, has been invited to join the Leadership Council of the Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy: A Public Health Partnership (PLNDP).

Dr. Kathleen Brady was invited to present a Distinguished Psychiatrist Lecture at the 157th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. Her lecture on Stress and Relapse to Substance Use Disorders was part of a collaborative session with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Each year only a few psychiatrists are invited to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting, and it is one of the highest honors the APA can bestow a member.

Ronald Brady, CTP Director, Bridge Plaza Treatment and Rehabilitation Clinic in the CTN Long Island Node received the 2004 J. Michael Morrison Award at the CPDD meeting in recognition of his invention of the automated dispensing system for methadone that is currently used in 700 clinics throughout the United States and Europe. He has been perfecting the system since 1975 and has been active in addiction medicine treatment.

Dr. Twyla Hill, School of Social Work at Wichita State University, has been promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr. Kenneth Kendler served as the Fritz Redlich Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, CA, for the 2003-2004 academic year.

DHHS Secretary Tommy Thompson met with NIDA grantee Dr. Andrei Kozlov at St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia on July 3, 2004 to discuss AIDS research issues in Russia. Russia has the fastest growing AIDS epidemic in the world and drug abuse is its principal driver. AIDS in Russia has been designated as a major international security threat. Dr. Kozlov organized the meeting and participants included the Vice Rector and Deans of the University, the Directors of the NIH National Cancer Institute and the Fogarty International Center, and the Director of the NIAID Division of AIDS. The Secretary gave a lecture titled, "Medical Diplomacy" in which he praised the work of Dr. Kozlov and his colleagues. Follow-up meetings were held with Secretary Thompson at the U.S. Consul General in St. Petersburg.

Dr. Cathleen Lewandowski, School of Social Work at Wichita State University, has been promoted to Associate Professor.

At the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), July 28 - Aug 1, 2004, Joshua A. Lile, Ph.D. received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from APA's Division 28: Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse. While on an individual predoctoral training grant with NIDA (F31 DA5934), he received his Ph.D. at Wake Forest University School of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Nader. Dr. Lile is now on the faculty at University of Kentucky College of Medicine. The title of his award acceptance lecture was "The Reinforcing Efficacy of Psychostimulants in Rhesus Monkeys: The Role of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics."

Dr. Rolf Loeber, University of Pittsburgh, has been appointed Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry in recognition of extraordinary levels of achievement in the field of psychiatry. This appointment constitutes the highest honor that the University can bestow on a member of the professoriate.

Dr. David Pollio, Associate Professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, received a joint appointment in Social Work and Psychiatry, Washington University, 2004, and the Pro Humanitate Literary Award, North American Resource Center for Child Welfare, 2004.

Dr. Elise Riley, Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, has been named a Scholar of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2004-2005.

Dr. Jeffrey Samet, Boston Medical Center, received an Excellence in Mentorship Award from the Association of Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), 2003.

Dr. Charles R. Schuster, PI of the CTN Great Lakes Regional Node, is this year's recipient of the Marian W. Fischman Memorial Award from Columbia University College of Physicians and Medicine. He received the award and delivered an invited lecture at a ceremony held on May 14, 2004, at Columbia University.

Dr. Arlene R. Stiffman, Director of the Comorbidity and Addictions Center at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, received the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for Doctoral Students, from the GWB School of Social Work, 2004 and the Outstanding Faculty Mentor, from the Washington University Graduate Student Senate, 2004.

Dr. Constance Weisner, Professor, University of California, San Francisco, and Senior Researcher, Kaiser Permanente, received several awards. She was re-appointed as a member of the International Expert Advisory Council on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems, World Health Organization, Geneva (term ending 2007). Dr. Weisner was also named as a member of the (a) Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 2004 - 2006; (b) MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mental Health and the Law, 2003-2009.;(c) National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, Study on "Crossing the Quality Chasm: Adaptation to Mental Health and Addictive Disorders, 2004 - 2005; and (d) Scientific Panel for Research of the Butler Center for Research, Hazelden Treatment Center, Minnesota, 2004 - 2008.

Dr. Ken C. Winters has been promoted to Professor at the University of Minnesota.


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