Brentwood, TN – The College on Problems of Drug Dependence recently announced the recipients of the 2023 Travel Awards. Each recipient will receive travel funds toward their attendance at this year’s meeting. Congratulations to all recipients.

The Stephen G. Holtzman Travel Award for Preclinical Investigators:  This Travel Award was established by family & friends of Dr. Holtzman to honor his memory in tribute to his long-time service and dedication to the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. This award is given annually or biannually to either a predoctoral student or postdoctoral trainee involved in preclinical research related to substance abuse and dependence.

  • Tanya Pareek, MS, University of Mississippi Medical Center

CPDD Primm-Singleton Minority Travel Awards:  The Under-Represented Populations Committee (URPOP) of the College on the Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) provides a limited number of travel awards to attend the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting.  Applicants must be members of an ethnic minority group under-represented in substance abuse research, including but not limited to African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

  • Skye Bristol, B.S., University of South Florida
  • Kanila Brown, M.A.,M.S., University of Missouri- St. Louis
  • Bria-Necole Diggs, B.S., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Diamond Meadows, M.S.W., East Tennessee State University
  • Quynh Vo, B.S., University of California Los Angeles, Department of Family Medicine

CPDD Travel Award for Early Career Investigators:  This CPDD Travel Award is given to early career investigators (pre-doctoral students enrolled in a Ph.D. program and post-doctoral scientists within 5 years of terminal degree) to attend the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting.

  • Thomas Arkell, Ph.D., Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Sydney Batchelder, Ph.D., University of Vermont
  • Alexandria Bauer, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Devika Bhatia, M.D., University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Madeline Frost, M.P.H., Ph.D., University of Washington School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems & Population Health
  • Neo Gebru, Ph.D., Brown University
  • Sergej Grunevski, B.S., Department of Psychiatry, UBHC, and Brain Health Institute, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
  • Alexandre Guerin, Ph.D., University of Melbourne
  • Patrick Hibbard, Ph.D., Oregon Social Learning Center
  • Kwang-Hyun Hur, Ph.D., McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Robert Kohler, Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine
  • Ofir Livne, M.D., Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Zachary Mannes, M.P.H., Ph.D., Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Olivia Marcus, M.P.H., Ph.D., New York University
  • Paola Mattey Mora, Ph.D., Indiana University - School of Medicine
  • Li Yan McCurdy, Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine
  • Laura Murray, Ph.D., McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Courtney Nordeck, Ph.D., Friends Research Institute
  • Matthew Novak, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Henrique Oliva, M.D., Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine
  • Broc Pagni, Ph.D., New York University
  • Juan G Perez-Carreno, M.D., University of Florida
  • Huyen Pham, Ph.D., Semel Institute - UCLA
  • Katrina Prior, Ph.D., The University of Sydney
  • Sean Regnier, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, College of Medicine
  • Yasna Rostam Abadi, M.D., M.H., NYU School of Medicine
  • Mark Rzeszutek, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, College of Medicine
  • Clara Sancho-Domingo, M.A., Miguel Hernández University
  • Thomas Santo, M.P.H., Ph.D., National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
  • Madison Wright, B.Sc., University of Toronto

The FORCE (Female Opioid-addiction Research and Clinical Experts) Junior Investigator Travel Awards:  These travel awards are provided by a non-profit organization comprised of women with scientific, health policy, and medical expertise in opioid addiction. The awards are intended to foster research conducted by female junior scientists in all areas of opioid abuse research.

  • Shelley Edwards, B.S., University of Mississippi Medical Center, Dept. of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
  • Alyssa Falise, M.Sc., University of Florida
  • Karli Hochstatter, M.P.H., Ph.D., Friends Research Institute

The CPDD International Travel Award:  The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) support an International Travel Award for substance abuse researchers from low-income, lower-middle-income, or upper middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank) to participate in the NIDA International Forum (a satellite meeting of CPDD), the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting, and associated research training activities.

  • Yasmim Serra, Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, Ilhéus, BA, Brazil
  • Ghazaleh Soleimani, Ph.D., amirkabir university of technology

NIDA Director’s Travel Award: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) anticipates supporting approximately 20 early career investigators to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting of CPDD with the NIDA Director’s Travel Award program.  The purpose of the award is to help defray the cost of attending CPDD for promising young scientists supported by NIDA training or career development grants.

  • Julia Brooks, M.A., University of Illinois At Chicago
  • Ashley Dowd, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • William Eger, M.P.H., University of California - San Diego
  • Angela Estadt, M.P.H., College of Public Health, The Ohio State University
  • Brett Gelino, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Sarah Goldsmith, B.S., Medical University of South Carolina
  • Priscila Gonçalves, Ph.D., Columbia University
  • Pooja Lagisetty, M.D., University of Michigan
  • Natasha Ludwig-Barron, M.P.H., Ph.D., Department of Medicine, Division of Prevention Science, University of California, San Francisco
  • Madison Marcus, B.A., Dept. Pharmacology/Toxicology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Megan Marziali, B.Sc., M.P.H., Columbia University Medical Center
  • Greer McKendrick, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Katharine Nelson, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina
  • Azizi Ray, Ph.D.,Pharm.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Vanessa Serrano, B.A., University of California, San Diego
  • Anjalee Sharma, M.S.W., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Friends Research Institute
  • Benjelene Sutherland, M.S., Florida International University
  • Eleanor Towers, B.S., University of Virginia
  • Rhiannon Wiley, M.A., University of Vermont
  • Carlos Zamarripa, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award:  NIDA provides travel awards for up to 20 early career investigators who analyze their data by sex or conduct female-focused research as indicated in their CPDD abstract.  Both clinical and preclinical research has shown that the antecedents, consequences, and mechanisms of drug addiction, as well as treatment and prevention outcomes, often differ between males and females.

  • Breanne Biondi, B.A., M.P.H., Boston University School of Public Health
  • Jordan Carter, B.S., Department of Neuroscience, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Brooke Christensen, B.S., Vanderbilt University
  • Robyn Ellis, Ph.D., McLean Hospital - Harvard Medical School
  • Shawn Flynn, M.S., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Nia Fogelman, Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine
  • Villisha Gregoire, B.Sc., Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Eric Harrison, B.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • Percell Kendrick, B.S., University of Kentucky, College of Medicine
  • Myla Lyons, B.A., University of Michigan/VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
  • Stephanie Mallahan, M.P.H., University of Arizona, College of Medicine
  • Justin Matheson, Ph.D., Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Kathleen McNealy, M.A., University of Nebraska
  • Sanjana Mitra, B.Sc., M.P.H., Ph.D., Cenre on Drug Policy Evaluation
  • Alexandra Palmisano, Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine
  • Maryam Sorkhou, B.Sc., University of Toronto and CAMH
  • Sienna Strong-Jones, B.A., Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University
  • Martha Tillson, B.A., M.A.,Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • Anna Wiese, B.A., B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Yitong Xin, M.B.A., M.S.W., The Ohio State University

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