Brentwood, TN – The College on Problems of Drug Dependence recently announced the recipients of the 2022 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.

  • Bernard Johnson, MS

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.

  • Alyssa Harlow, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Camille Cioffi, Ph.D., University of Oregon
  • Carlos Zamarripa, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • Carmen Lim, M.Sc., National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Christina LaValley, B.S., Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Dae Hee Han, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Daicia Allen, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Danielle Smith, M.P.H., Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Deborah Luessen, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • Elizabeth Austin, M.P.H., University of Washington
  • Elzbieta Wiedbusch, B.S., University of South Florida
  • Emmanuelle Baillet, M.Sc., University of Bordeaux
  • Joao De Aquino, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine
  • Jonathan Stoltman, Ph.D., Opioid Policy Institute
  • Judy Hong, Ph.D., The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Juhan Lee, Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine
  • Kathryn Biernacki, Ph.D., UBHC Department of Psychiatry, Brain Health Institute at Rutgers University - New Brunswick
  • Kevin Xu, M.P.H., M.D., Washington University School of Medicine
  • Madeline Frost, M.P.H., University of Washington School of Public Health, Department of Health Systems & Population Health
  • Matthew Myers, M.P.H., Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Megan Cooke, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Nina Pocuca, Ph.D., R.N., University of Montreal
  • Philip Spechler, Ph.D., Laureate Institute for Brain Research
  • Rachel Barry, B.A., Palo Alto University
  • Rachel French, Ph.D., National Clinician Scholars Program, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sarah Cousins, M.P.H., Semel Institute for Neuroscience, Human Behavior at UCLA
  • Thomas Brothers, M.D., Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
  • Vitor Tardelli, M.S., M.D., Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo/Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto
  • Yitong Xin, M.B.A., M.S.W., The Ohio State University
  • Yuhui Zhu, Ph.D., Semel Institute - UCLA

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.

  • Kirsten Smith, Ph.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse, Intramural Research Program
  • Nina Christie, M.A., University of Southern California
  • Tanya Saraiya, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina

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.

  • Abdelazim Assi, B.A., Ch.B., Assiut University
  • Tara Rezapour, Ph.D., Department of Cognitive Psychology, Institute for Cognitive Science Studies (ICSS)

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.

  • Alyssa Falise, M.Sc., University of Florida
  • Andrew Peckham, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital
  • Brenden Tervo-Clemmens, M.S., Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Cara Struble, Ph.D., Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Catherine Tomko, MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Cole Korponay, Ph.D., McLean Hospital
  • Enya Vroom, M.S., Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Erin Martin, B.A., Medical University of South Carolina
  • Genevieve Dash, M.A., M.S., University of Missouri
  • Jennifer Ellis, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Jennifer Loya, Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine
  • Joanna Streck, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
  • Krysten Bold, Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine
  • Lindy Howe, B.A., Indiana University
  • Nae Won, M.P.H., University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Nicole Fitzgerald, B.A., University of Florida
  • Noel Vest, Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Ofir Livne, M.D., Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Rachel Luba, Ph.D., New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Suky Martinez, Ph.D., Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

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.

  • Amy Johnson, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
  • Catherine Moore, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Devika Bhatia, M.D., University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Eleanor Towers, B.S., University of Virginia
  • Erin Berthold, B.S., University of Florida
  • Gregory Hard, MHS, R.N., Pennsylvania State University
  • Hannah Apsley, B.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • Jessica Kulak, M.P.H., M.S., Ph.D., University at Buffalo
  • Joy Gray, Pennsylvania State University
  • Karen Alexander, Ph.D., R.N., Friends Research Institute
  • Keisha Smith, Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • Megan Marziali, B.Sc., M.P.H., Columbia University Medical Center
  • Michelle Eglovitch, M.P.H., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Morgan Sotzen, B.S., Michigan State University
  • Nina Pocuca, Ph.D., University of Montreal
  • Orrin Ware, M.P.H., M.S.W., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Paola Mattey Mora, M.P.H., Indiana University
  • Raymond Moody, Ph.D., Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Samara Mayer, M.P.H., BC Centre on Substance Use and University of British Columbia
  • Taylor Crouch, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

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.

  • Elizabeth Stinson, B.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • James-Angelo Suarez, M.P.H., University of South Florida
  • Joshua Zamora, B.S., University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Sina Kianersi, D.V.M., Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health
  • Sitara Weerakoon, B.A., M.P.H., UTHealth SPH

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