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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse - September, 2006

Grantee Honors

Timothy Baker was awarded the James McKeen Cattell Award for 2006. This award is given by the Association of Psychological Science for lifetime acheievement in the application of psychological research.

Sean David, M.D., D. Phil., was nominated for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco's New Investigator Award 2006.

David Fiellin received the Nyswander-Dole Award from the American Association of the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) in April. The award recognizes extraordinary work and service in the field of opioid treatment.

NIDA grantee, Sandro Galea, M.D., Dr.P.H., Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health was honored as one of Time Magazine's "Innovators of 2006" in the March 20, 2006 issue. Dr. Galea was described as an epidemiologist forging the future and honored specifically for his pioneering research on the public psychology of emerging diseases and the psychosocial effects of 9/11 on New Yorkers and how Canadians were responding to the 2003 SARS outbreak and quarantines in Toronto. Dr. Galea's current research focuses on the social epidemiology of drug abuse and the characteristics of urban environments as determinants of health outcomes (morbidity, mortality, substance abuse, and related risk behaviors).

Dr. Raul Gonzalez, University of Illinois at Chicago, received travel award to participate in the NIDA Young Investigator session held at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in New Orleans on August 11, 2006.

Dr. Sharon Hall, from the University of California San Francisco, will receive the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Ove Ferno Award for Clinical Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Andrew (Andy) Kaplan, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology, and a NIDA grantee, was an invited speaker of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, held in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2006. Dr. Kaplan's presentation was entitled "Collateral Damage: Incarceration, HIV, and Vulnerable Communities." Dr. Kaplan died on June 28th.

Dr. Sheppard Kellam, American Institutes for Research, was selected to be a member of the US Department of Education Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Advisory Committee. This committee advises the Secretary of Education on federal, state, and local programs designed to create safe and drug-free schools, and on issues related to crisis planning.

NIDA grantee's Drs. Alexandros Makriyannis and John Huffman, were joint recipients of the prestigious "Mechoulam Award," given by the International Society for Cannabinoid Research at the Annual Meeting, June 2006, Budapest, Hungary.

Dr. Judith J. Prochaska, from the University of California San Francisco, will receive the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Young Investigator Award. Awards will be presented during SRNT's annual conference, which will be held in Austin, Texas, February 21- 24, 2007.

Dr. Jody Tannabe, University of Colorado Health Science Center, received the Department of Radiology Faculty Research Award, June 2006.

Dr. Linda Teplin, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Psycho-Legal Studies, at Northwestern University was named Commissioner of the American Bar Association's Commission on Youth at Risk.

Dr. Josˇ Szapocznik, Principal Investigator of the CTN Florida Node at the University of Miami, joined Florida State Governor Jeb Bush, First Lady Columba Bush, and other participants for a reception at the Governor's Mansion on June 6th to launch the Eighth Statewide Drug Control Summit in Tallahassee. On June 7th, drug summit participants, including members of law enforcement, school prevention staff and students, treatment providers, and researchers like Dr. Szapocznik, met in the Capitol for an invitation-only daylong discussion of efforts to implement effective drug control strategies.

Dr. George Woody, CTN Delaware Valley PI, and Edwin Zvartau, Vice Rector for Science, Pavlov State Medical University, St. Petersburg, Russia received the 2006 NIDA International Program Award of Excellence in Collaborative Research. This award honors mentors, researchers, bi-national collaborative teams, and individuals whose efforts support the International Program mission. The award recognizes creative or pioneering efforts by bi-national or multinational research teams consisting of at least one NIDA grantee and one non-U.S. research partner who have appreciably improved the mechanisms to foster international collaborative research and/or significantly contributed to scientific knowledge about drug abuse and addiction.


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