Dennis McCarty, Ph.D., professor of public health and preventive medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine and director of the Substance Abuse Policy Center, has been selected as a 2014 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program Awards of Excellence winner.
The NIDA International Program recognized Dr. McCarty for Excellence in Mentoring. Dr. McCarty trains practitioners and researchers to test emerging drug abuse treatments in community settings through the Western States Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network, which he co-directs. He extends his mentoring to state and local policymakers through his role as director of the Substance Abuse Policy Center in the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness, which works to link policy, practice, and research on substance abuse treatment.
Dr. McCarty also is scientific director of the University of Amsterdam Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction. The Summer Institute creates international networking opportunities and trains participants in multidisciplinary approaches to drug policy, prevention, and evidence-based treatments that bridge the gap between research and practice.
“Dr. McCarty is an outstanding leader in the substance abuse community,” said Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., director of the NIDA International Program. “By shaping the international research agenda, providing technical support, and disseminating knowledge, he provides nations with the tools to build sustainable capacity to improve public health by preventing and treating substance abuse and addiction.”
The 2014 Awards of Excellence winners were announced on June 14 at the 19th annual NIDA International Forum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 2014 Forum focused on “Building International Collaborative Research on Drug Abuse.”
Four other individuals were awarded 2014 NIDA International Awards of Excellence. Mr. Charles O’Keeffe, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, was honored for Excellence in International Leadership. The award for Excellence in Collaborative Research went to Marek C. Chawarski, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine, and Vicknasingam B Kasinather, Ph.D., Universiti Sains Malaysia. A special award was presented to William L. Dewey, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, in recognition of his service to the addiction research community as founder of the Friends of NIDA and his scientific research into the mechanisms of action of opioids and marijuana that change brain function and contribute to tolerance, dependence, and addiction.
The NIDA International Program works with colleagues from around the world to find evidence-based solutions to the public health problems of drug abuse, addiction, and drug-related HIV/AIDS. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health, the principal biomedical and behavioral research agency of the U.S. Government and a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.