CPDD 2019 81st Annual Scientific Meeting Recap June 15 - 19, 2019 - San Antonio, TX
On Sunday morning, the meeting commenced with opening remarks by President Meg Haney, followed by presentations from Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA, on "Drug Abuse and Addiction Research: Progress, Priorities and Challenges," and Dr. George Koob, Director of NIAAA, entitled "A Heuristic Framework for Understanding the Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders." The presentation of a number of awards followed. The Holtzman Travel Award for Preclinical Investigators, was presented to Dr. Jacques Nguyen, who was introduced by Dr. Michael Taffe. The 2019 CPDD/NIDA Media Award was given to Elaine McMillon Sheldon for her movie, "Heroin(e)," which was shown during the meeting. Ms. Sheldon was introduced by Dr. Meg Chisolm. The Martin & Toby Adler Distinguished Service Award was presented to Mr. Charles O’Keeffe for his many years of service to CPDD and Friends of NIDA. Executive Officer Dr. Loretta Finnegan introduced the award. Next was the Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award, which was presented to Dr. Stephen Kohut by Dr. Scott Lukas. The Mentorship Award was presented to Dr. Linda Cottler by Dr. Catherine Woodstock Striley. Following those presentations, Dr. Finnegan introduced the recipient of the Innovator Award, Dr. Bertha Madras, who is the discoverer of phenyltropine analogs of cocaine as exceptionally valuable dopamine transporter probes that revolutionized brain imaging of the dopamine system. This year’s Nathan B. Eddy Award Recipient was Dr. Maxine Stitzer for her many achievements over a long research career. Dr. Stitzer, who was introduced by Dr. Eric Strain, gave the award lecture entitled, "My Brilliant Career: Behavioral Pharmacology, Contingency Management and More."
The first of 4 poster sessions took place with lunch on Sunday after the Plenary.
Following the posters was the President’s Symposium on "The Impact of Tobacco Use on Substance Use Disorders." The speakers were Drs. Meg Haney, Renee Goodwin, Amir Levine, and Jennifer Tidey.
On Sunday, the first of 2 late-breaking research sessions, the first of 26 oral communications sessions, and the first 3 of 19 symposia. Some changes in our general program format were the inclusion of scheduled coffee breaks, which seemed to be well received by the post-prandial-slumping crowd. Another 5 concurrent sessions followed, including a symposium dedicated to the memory of former CPDD member Dr. Nancy Petry. The evening activities began with the CPDD/NIDA Networking Event for pre- and post-doc trainees and was followed by the first 5 of 12 workshops.
Monday morning began with a breakfast poster session, which was followed by more of the oral communications and symposia. Over the lunch break, 3 forums were held: Animal Research, Human Research, and the Town Hall sponsored by the Industry/Government/Academia Relations Committee. A luncheon for the recipients of the CPDD Young Investigator and Force Travel Awards was held.
The afternoon programming started with the Marian Fischman Award Lecture. Dr. Hendree Jones was the recipient of the 2019 Award. After an introduction by Dr. Michelle Lofwall, Dr. Jones presented her lecture on "Walking in the Wisdom of Women."
The Primm Singleton Reception, recognizing outstanding young scientists from under-represented populations was a great success. Symposia and oral communications rounded out the day’s presentations.
On Tuesday morning, a group of attendees volunteered to participate in an outreach event at St. Judes Ranch for Children, a non-profit organization that cares for children and families who have been affected by trauma, abuse and neglect, and have been removed from their homes by the Department of Family and Protective Services.
The Media Forum highlighting Hot Topics at this year’s meeting, and the Policy Forum updating us on news from Capitol Hill, Friends of NIDA and the HEAL Initiative were also held in the morning. Prior to a poster session lunch additional symposia and oral communications were scheduled. In the afternoon, a second late-breaking session occurred, along with more of the symposia and oral communications.
The CPDD Members’ Business Meeting followed. At the meeting, elections were held for representatives of the Fellows and Regular Members to the Nominating Committee. Elected were Dr. Linda Porrino and Dr. Jennifer Tidey for the Fellows; Dr. Qiana Brown and Dr. Wendy Lynch for the Regular Members. Plaques were presented to retiring Board members, Drs. Patrick Beardsley, Kathleen Carroll, Marilyn Carroll, and Jennifer Tidey, for their terms of service. Incoming President Dr. Elise Weerts presented outgoing President Dr. Meg Haney, her plaque and a gift in recognition of her term as President.
Tuesday evening presented an opportunity for those not attending either of the 2 remaining workshops to explore the Riverwalk using the hotel-provided shuttles. Later in the evening a dessert reception and choice of music venue — jazz or a DJ and dancing — was enjoyed by the attendees.
Wednesday’s program began with a breakfast poster session, followed by a few more symposia and oral communications. The ever-popular Brunch with Champions allowed younger attendees to chat with more seasoned members about career advice, their research, or other topics while enjoying a meal together. This year’s champions were Drs. Jim Anthony, Marcel Bonn-Miller, Anna Rose Childress, Sandy Comer, Kelly Dunn, Ivan Montoya, Brian Thomas, and Geoffrey Mumford.
After lunch, the last of the sessions occurred. This was followed by the 2019 CPDD Sweepstakes Drawing. Attendees were eligible to participate in a number of interesting drawings, large or small, inexpensive or inexpensive, serious or funny. Free meeting registration for 2020 was awarded to Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez; a 2-night stay at the Diplomat in Hollywood, FL during the 2020 Meeting was won by Dr. Kenner Rice, and free dues for 1 year went to Dr. Chelsea Shover. Other prizes went to a number of lucky winners. Winners of the Twitter competition were Drs. Tabitha Moses and Payel Roy. Congratulations to all!