June 14, 2011

Hongqiang Sun, M.D., Ph.D., China, has been selected to receive a 2010–2011 NIDA International Visiting Scientists and Technical Exchange Program (INVEST) Drug Abuse Research Fellowship. He will be working with mentor Thomas R. Kosten, M.D., at the Baylor College of Medicine and DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center in Houston, Texas, to investigate the effectiveness of pharmaceutical interventions for smoking cessation.

As a 2010 WHO/NIDA/College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) International Traveling Fellow, Dr. Sun visited Baylor College of Medicine where he met with Dr. Kosten to discuss his research. Dr. Kosten agreed to mentor Dr. Sun and offered assistance as he developed his fellowship application. Dr. Sun’s goals for the INVEST award are to expand his knowledge in the field of drug addiction, foster research on treatment for addiction, and gain training in basic and clinical research.