Preethy Kathiresan, M.B.B.S., M.D., received the 2020 College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) International Committee Award for Best International Research Poster. The committee reviews posters submitted to the joint NIDA International Forum/CPDD International Research Poster Session by researchers from low-, lower middle-, and upper middle-income countries. The winner receives 3 nights’ lodging at the conference hotel for the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting in 2021 or 2022. Dr. Kathiresan’s poster was “Role of Cerebellum in Cue-Induced Craving to Nicotine—A Functional MRI Study.” The semifinalist was Diep Bich Nguyen, M.D., Ph.D., of Vietnam for “Vietnamese Community Health Workers’ Confidence in Providing Methadone Maintenance Treatment Services.” Abstracts for both posters will be available in the NIDA International Drug Abuse Research Abstract Database.
The 2020 judges included former CPDD Board member Patrick Beardsley, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU); CPDD International Committee Chair Francesca Filbey, Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas; NIDA International Program Director Steve Gust, Ph.D.; CPDD International Committee member Huajun Liang, Ph.D., University of Maryland; and CPDD International Committee Poster Contest Chair Dace Svikis, Ph.D., VCU. Dr. Svikis coordinated the judging of 49 eligible posters.