NIDA International Awards of Excellence, which recognize individuals for outstanding contributions to international cooperation in drug abuse research and training, were presented to four researchers during the NIDA International Forum:
Perry F. Renshaw, M.D., Ph.D.
Brain Imaging Center
Belmont, Massachusetts, United States and
In Kyoon Lyoo, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Seoul National University Medical School
Seoul, South Korea
Richard Schottenfeld, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut, United States and
Mahmud Mazlan, M.D.
Substance Abuse Center
More than 260 participants from 61 countries attended the 17th Annual NIDA International Forum, which was held June 8–11, 2012, in Palm Springs, California. The meeting focused on the growing public health problem of new and emerging psychoactive substances, which are mostly unregulated compounds that are specifically designed to circumvent drug laws and mimic the effects of illicit drugs by slightly altering the chemical structure of a known drug. A joint College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)/NIDA International Forum poster session featured presentations by 160 U.S.