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Awards and Honors:

Dennis McCarty wins the 2014 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program Award of Excellence

Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) is pleased to announce that Dennis McCarty, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at OHSU and director of the Substance Abuse Policy Center in the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness, 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 codirects. 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 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.

Dangerous Decibels receives Safe-in-Sound award

Congratulations to the team behind Dangerous Decibels, a program of the CDC -funded Prevention Research Center and the Center for Healthy Communities at OHSU. They’ve been awarded the 2013 Safe-in-Sound Award for Innovation in Hearing Loss Prevention! The award was presented to the Dangerous Decibels team by the director of the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, Dr. John Howard. NIOSH is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness, and is affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. William “Billy” Martin, Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and public health and preventive medicine, is director of Dangerous Decibels. He also heads up clinical research in the Oregon Hearing Research Center.  The Dangerous Decibels project is a public health campaign designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and tinnitus (ringing in the ear) by changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of school-aged children. “Jolene” (pictured at right) is one of the unique educational tools developed for Dangerous Decibels – she measures the sound levels of personal stereo systems.The project is built upon an innovative collaboration between basic science researchers, clinicians, museum educators, health communication experts, civic leaders, teachers, public health professionals, and volunteers in a unique public/private partnership. Partners include the Oregon Hearing Research Center and Portland State University (Department of Health Communications), and University of Northern Colorado. For the full story, please visit the Staff News page.


Dennis McCarty Wins Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association

October 15, 2012
American Public Health Association
Washington, DC – The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section recently released the names of its 2012 ATOD Section award winners. The announcement was made prior to the American Public Health Association’s 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition to be held in San Francisco, California later this month. “These awards are intended to recognize and celebrate  outstanding achievements in the ATOD field,” said Linda Bosma, chair of the ATOD Section. “The awards  also acknowledge the diverse subject topics in our field including advocacy, education, policy, prevention, research and treatment.”

This year, the ATOD Section recognized three of its luminaries.  The Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual who has had a long and distinguished career in the ATOD field and has also provided a lifetime of significant contributions, went to Dr. Dennis McCarty, professor and vice chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland.

Professor McCarty’s professional work has been at the intersection of policy, practice and research.  His public health career spans the last 30 years and has included work as an evaluator, research director, professor and over eight years of public service working for the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.   Dr. McCarty has authored 85 peer reviewed publications in the ATOD field and is currently involved as Principle or Co-Investigator on six different NIH/NIDA funded research projects.  He is  also involved with the RWJF Advancing Recovery: National Evaluation Plan designed to promote adoption of evidence-based practices in addiction treatment.

Other ATOD Section awards included the  Section Leadership award, which  went to  Ann  Mahony, Washington, DC-based public health consultant and former chair of the ATOD Section.  The Community- Based Leadership Award was presented to Jaime Martinez, director of  community development at ClearWar Minnesota in Minneapolis.   Three Student Poster Showcase Awards, one each for alcohol, tobacco and other drugs will be presented to public health students who present outstanding posters at the annual meeting.

“We appreciate our award winners’ contributions and congratulate them on receiving these prestigious awards,” Bosma said.



Dongseok Choi elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association

Dr. Dongseok Choi was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA).  In 2012, the ASA elected 48 of its members as Fellows of the Association who were recognized for their outstanding professional contributions to and leadership in the field of statistical science. New Fellows will be presented with their awards on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. in San Diego, California at the San Diego Convention Center during the Joint Statistical Meetings awards ceremony. The American Statistical Association (ASA), a scientific and educational society founded in Boston in 1839, is the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. The designation of Fellow has been a superlative honor in ASA for more than 90 years. According to the association by-laws, each year the Committee on Fellows can elect no more than one-third of one percent of the total ASA membership as Fellows. His award citation reads, “For his excellent contributions to statistical methods in bioinformatics and spatial modeling, collaborative biomedical research. For his superb service to our profession. For his effort for creating new biostatistics education program.”

Tom Becker Named Charles and Velma Sharp Endowed Professor

Dr. Tom Becker , MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine was named the Charles and Velma Sharp Endowed Professorship at the OHSU School of Medicine & Knight Cancer Institute.  A small luncheon held October 17 in the OHSU Old Library honored Dr. Becker and the creation of the professorship.  Brian Druker, MD, Director of the Knight Cancer Institute, thanked the Sharp family and outlined Dr. Becker’s accomplishments related to cancer epidemiology and community-based prevention.  Dinah Deshler, daughter of Dr. Charles and Velma Sharp, reflected on her father’s commitment to serving disadvantaged communities and his interest in creating an endowed position.  Dr. Becker thanked the family for their generosity and outlined his plans for community-based population oriented prevention initiatives in collaboration with American Indian, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian investigators.


Jodi Lapidus Wins Faculty Excellence Award

Jodi Lapidus won the School of Medicine Faculty Excellence in Education Award. Annually the School of Medicine selects 3-5 faculty as recipients of the Faculty Excellence in Education Awards using the criteria of leadership, teaching and commitment.


Mike Lasarev Honored For Teaching

Mike Lasarev has been honored for teaching excellence in graduate education by SoM graduate students. A recognition luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 1.


Dr. Tom Becker Wins Lesko Award

The Awards Committee of the School of Medicine Graduate Studies Program have selected Dr. Tom Becker as a recipient of the 2011 John A Resko Faculty Research Achievement and Mentoring Award.  This award is presented each year to a graduate faculty member for outstanding research accomplishments and the mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 

The award is made in honor of the more than 30 years of research, mentoring and leadership contributions of John A Resko, Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. This was a highly unusual year in that the Awards Committee received an unusual number of nominations for excellent faculty. While this is a good situation for OHSU, it made the committee’s decision exceedingly difficult. The committee has made the extraordinary decision this year to award 2 prizes, to two faculty who are each distinguished scientifically have very different but highly successful mentoring styles. (Dr Andresen will also receive the award this year.)

The award, which is sponsored by the John A Resko Endowment Fund, consists of a certificate and an honorarium.  It will be presented at the School of Medicine Hooding Ceremony, on Monday, 6 June at 9.00 am in the Arlene Schnitzer Hall.


Kevin Winthrop Wins For Leadership and Innovation in Science

PHPM joint Assistant Professor Kevin Withrop has won an award from the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon for leadership and innovation in science. Click here for the full article.


Presentations and Travel:

Jay Kravitz Visits Guatemala

In the spring of 2012, Dr. Jay Kravitz returned from a two week stint in The Peten, Guatemala, where he mentored medical students from Loyola University through a program called the US International Health Alliance - Guatemala. Last fall, Dr. Kravitz helped to sponsor two 4th year OHSU medical students to work in this part of northeast Guatemala. This is an area heavily populated by Maya people with limited access to health care, who speak Spanish and Quechi. To learn more about the program, please visit this link: http://internationalhealthalliance.org/. If anyone is interested in the program, please contact Dr. Kravitz.

The Division of Health Services Research Participates in the OMSI Brain Fair

The Western States Node, in collaboration with the Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center, participated in Brain Fair on March 3, 2012. The Node’s exhibit featured the research conducted within the Clinical Trials Network, the Blending Products available through the ATTC network, and the latest on the neuroscience of addiction from the Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center. Oregon Health and Science University’s Brain Institute sponsors the annual Brain Fair at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) to showcase the University’s neuroscience and brain-related research. The 2012 Brain Fair (the largest Brain Fair in the country) celebrated the closing of the OMSI exhibit Body Worlds and the Brain. The Brain Fair included interactive exhibits, real human brains, crafts, demonstrations, prizes, and OHSU scientists explaining their research. The Brain Fair is part of the 2012 Brain Awareness Season with public presentations on The Brain and Society. Scheduled speakers include Story Landis, PhD, (Director, National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke – March 12), Alan Leshner, PhD, (Executive Director, American Association for the Advancement of Science
– March 19) and Nora Volkow, MD, (Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse – April 26).

Tom Becker attends the second International Conference to Advance a Population Health Intervention Research meeting

In March, 2012, Dr. Tom Becker was invited to attend the second International Conference to Advance a Population Health Intervention Research meeting in Montréal, Québec, Canada.  The meeting included an international audience from Europe, Canada, and the U.S., with scientists from diverse fields:  sociology, anthropology, epidemiology, public health, and other fields.  The main thrust of the meeting, complementing the didactic presentations and poster sessions, was exploration of new and effective ways to implement interventions that will affect population health.  Although Tom states that he is not sure why he was invited to this limited attendance meeting, he nonetheless presented a poster that derives from work in the Prevention Research Center.  The poster was titled,  Effectiveness of a multi-component, community-based noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus prevention intervention in an Oregon American Indian community. Authors included: Becker, T.M., Martin, W.H., Sobel, J.L., Griest, S.E., Howarth, L.C., Zaback, T., Lambert, W.E. Of the meeting, Dr. Becker says, “This was a very interesting group of scientists and public health practitioners who are still very active in the grant arena seeking funding for intervention research.  The networking opportunities were excellent, and the venue was terrific.  Unfortunately, the weather was not quite as spectacular in Montréal as I would have liked…it was minus one degree one day.  I hope that our next meeting is in Miami or San Diego.”   

Seth O'Neal Visits Peru

Dr. Seth O'Neal visited Peru between February 29th and March 8th. He is partnering with the Cysticercosis Working in Peru on a community intervention to control transmission of Taenia solium parasite (also known as the pork tapeworm), a leading cause of epilepsy in the developing world. The work involves examining pig tongues and collecting stool from people, which explains why locals refer to field team members as either the "cocheros" (the pig guys) or the "caceros" (the poo guys). Seth is getting help from local kids in demonstrating the importance of checking pig tongues for telltale parasite cysts.
Dr. Dennis McCarty Serves on Drug Consensus Study for The Department of Defense



Dennis McCarty Testifies atOregon Prescription Drug Summit

Dennis McCarty and Tim Hartnett testified on the value of treatment for opioid dependence at the Oregon Prescription Drug Summit.  The Summit was held November 22 at the US District Courthouse in Portland.  The US Attorney, Oregon Attorney General, and the Oregon Partnership sponsored the summit to examine strategies to address the epidemic of prescription opioid abuse in Oregon.


In Other News


Dr. Bill Lambert was interviewed on KBOO

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