Monday, June 13, 2011

College on Problems of Drug Dependence 73rd Annual Meeting, June 18-23, 2011

More than 1000 scientists will be meeting at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) to discuss their latest findings on drug abuse and dependence.  The meeting is being held jointly with the International Narcotics Research Conference (INRC).  CPDD is the largest and oldest organization supporting research on the scientific explanation of drug use and dependence.  A broad range of research will be presented addressing mechanisms for development of drug dependence, its prevention, and treatment, at The Westin Diplomat, Hollywood, FL.  Among the many research topics are symposia and workshops on pain management in people with substance abuse disorders (Monday AM, Diplomat 1-2), on synthetic cannabinoids (K2/Spice) as emerging drugs of abuse (Tuesday PM, Regency 1), and on high-tech treatments for substance abuse (Wednesday PM, Regency 3).

On Sunday morning at the Plenary Session (Atlantic Ballroom), achievement awards will be presented to outstanding individuals for their contributions to the field of addiction science.  Those honored include Dr. Michael Kuhar, who will receive the Nathan B. Eddy Award for lifetime contributions to the field, Dr. Thomas Prisinzano, who will be presented with the Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award, and Dr. Stephen Holtzman, who will be posthumously recognized for his efforts in mentoring junior drug abuse researchers.  Dr. Bertha Madras will receive the Marian W. Fischman Memorial Lectureship Award and present her lecture at the Plenary Session.  The J. Michael Morrison Award will be presented to Dr. Steven Gust and Mr. Justin Hunt will receive the CPDD/NIDA Media Award recognizing him for outstanding contributions to the public understanding of scientific issues concerning drug use disorders.  His film American Meth will be shown Wednesday at 7 pm as part of Film Night (Regency 2). Congressman Patrick Kennedy will receive CPDD’s Distinguished Service Award.  On Monday afternoon at 4:15, Mr. Kennedy will deliver a Presidential Special Lecture entitled “We must be of one mind for research” (Atlantic Ballroom).

Immediately following the Sunday Plenary session, CPDD will hold its Public Policy Forum and discuss several hot topics including the impending merger of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (Sunday AM, Atlantic Ballroom). Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA Director, will address a joint Plenary Session of CPDD and INRC on Wednesday morning (Great Hall 1-2).

Sunday through Thursday afternoon, CPDD members will present new and exciting research findings in poster and oral presentations.  Some of the highlighted presentations include reports on abuse potential of electronic cigarettes (Rees et al., Monday AM, Great Hall 3-6), a low intensity but successful treatment program for veterans with substance abuse issues (Smelson et al., Tuesday AM, Great Hall 3-6), and recommendations for a national drugged driving policy (Dupont et al., Thursday AM, Great Hall 3-6).  This is only a small sampling of the hundreds of reports and information sessions that will be presented.

Search the meeting program and abstract listings by clicking the “2011 Program Book” link at for topics and themes of interest, times, and locations of presentations.

Media personnel are invited to the plenary and scientific sessions.

1 comment:

  1. An interesting article about Dr. Volkow can be found on the New York Times website at:


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