April 18, 2014

The Spanish Scientific Society of Alcohol and Drugs (Socidrogalcohol) has presented its Gold Pin Award and honorary membership to NIDA employee Ivan Montoya, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Montoya, who is deputy director of the Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse, was honored for his efforts in promoting drug abuse research in Spain and his outstanding support of training initiatives for addiction investigators and treatment professionals. Dr. Montoya is only the eighth person to receive the Socidrogalcohol Gold Pin Award, which is the society’s highest honor. The president of Socidrogalcohol, Professor Julio Bobes, M.D., presented the award on April 4, 2014, during the society’s 41st National Conference in Seville, Spain. Socidrogalcohol is the main scientific society in Spain—and the first in the Spanish-speaking world—dedicated to the field of alcohol and addictions. The Socidrogalcohol board of directors voted unanimously to approve the Gold Pin Award for Dr. Montoya.