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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

College on Problems of Drug Dependence 75th Annual Meeting


College on Problems of Drug Dependence
75th Annual Meeting
The Hilton Bayfront Hotel, San Diego, CA
June 15-20, 2013


More than 1100 scientists will participate in the 75th Annual Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) to discuss their latest findings on drug abuse and dependence. 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 its treatment, at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, San Diego, CA.

Among the many research topic presentations are symposia and workshops on the impact of medical marijuana on public health (Symposium II, Sunday PM, Indigo E), the consequences of childhood maltreatment on the development of substance abuse disorders (Symposium VII, Monday PM, Indigo A), health and social effects of substance use in older drug users (Symposium X, Tuesday AM, Indigo E), and the effects of reformulation of opioid pain medications on patterns of abuse and diversion (Workshop XI, Tuesday PM, Indigo 204).

On Sunday morning at the June 16th Plenary Session (Indigo BCFG), achievement awards will be presented to outstanding individuals for their contributions to the field of addiction science. Those honored include Dr. Linda Dykstra, who will receive the Nathan B. Eddy Award for lifetime contributions to the field, Dr. William Stoops, who will be presented with the Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award, Dr. James Sorensen, who will be recognized for her efforts in mentoring junior drug abuse researchers, Dr. Redonna Chandler, who will be presented with the J. Michael Morrison Award for her outstanding contributions in the area of scientific administration related to drugs of abuse, and Mr. David Sheff, bestselling author, who will receive the CPDD/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Media Award for outstanding contributions to the public understanding of scientific issues concerning drug use disorders. In addition, NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow will present a Report From NIDA. Later that day, Dr. Volkow also will present a lecture as part of the CPDD President’s Symposium entitled “Functional Integration: Questions and Answers” (Sunday PM, Indigo BCFG).

Other CPDD award ceremonies occur on Monday afternoon (Indigo H) when Dr. Kathryn Cunningham will be presented with the Marian W. Fischman Memorial Lectureship Award and present an address entitled “Serotonin at the nexus of impulsivity and cue reactivity in cocaine addiction.”

Sunday through Thursday, CPDD members will present new and exciting research findings in poster and oral presentations.  Highlighted presentations include reports on how youth participation in team sports is associated with reduced marijuana initiation (Lisha et al., Monday AM, Sapphire), how higher high school math and science education graduation requirements reduce cigarette smoking initiation (Plunk et al., Tuesday AM, Sapphire), on the missed alcohol abuse intervention opportunity post-deployment in former active duty and reserve soldiers (Larson et al., Wednesday PM, Indigo D), and on the use of “Bath Salts”, “Spice”, and other synthetic drugs by injection drug users in San Diego (Wagner et al., Thursday PM, Indigo A). This is only a small sampling of the hundreds of reports and information sessions to be presented.

To learn more about these events and to find topics of interest, search the freely downloadable meeting program and abstract listings by clicking the “2013 Program Book (pdf)” and “2013 Abstract Book (pdf)” links, or by clicking on www.cpdd.vcu.edu.

Media personnel are invited to attend Plenary and Scientific sessions.

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