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Awards of Excellence

NIDA International Forum Focuses on New and Emerging Psychoactive Substances

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.

George E. Woody, M.D., and Edwin Zvartau, M.D.

George E. Woody, M.D.
Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Edwin Zvartau, M.D.
Vice Rector for Science
Pavlov State Medical University
St. Petersburg, Russia

Paul Griffiths, M.Sc.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

Ian Stolerman, Ph.D., B.Pharm.

Ian Stolerman, Ph.D., B.Pharm.
Section of Behavioural Pharmacology
Institute of Psychiatry
King’s College London, United Kingdom

NIDA Presents International Program Awards of Excellence

During the 2010 NIDA International Forum, Dr. Steven W. Gust, International Program Director, presented the 2010 Awards of Excellence to honor mentors, researchers, and binational collaborative teams whose efforts support the International Program mission, including:

Juana M. Tomás-Rosselló, M.D., M.P.H.

Juana M. Tomás-Rosselló, M.D., M.P.H.
Global Challenges Section
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Vienna, Austria

James (Jim) C. Anthony, Ph.D., M.Sc.

James (Jim) C. Anthony, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Department of Epidemiology
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
East Lansing, Michigan, United States

Flavio S. Pechansky, M.D., Ph.D.

Flavio S. Pechansky, M.D., Ph.D.
Center for Drug and Alcohol Research
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
Porto Alegre, Brazil

NIDA International Announces 2011 Awards of Excellence Winners

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program is pleased to announce the selection of the 2011 Awards of Excellence winners, who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to international cooperation in drug abuse research and training.


NIDA Awards of Excellence recipients Richard Rawson (left), María Elena Medina-Mora Icaza, and Jeffrey Samet (far right) with NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust.

Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D.; María Remedios Lozada Romero, M.D., Mexico; and Carlos Magis-Rodríguez, M.D., M.P.H., Mexico

Steffanie A. Strathdee, Ph.D.
Department of Medicine
University of California San Diego School of Medicine
San Diego, California, United States
María Remedios Lozada Romero, M.D.
HIV/STD Coordinator
Baja California State
Tijuana, Mexico
Carlos Magis-Rodríguez, M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Research
Mexico City, Mexico