[DIV28SUPER] NIDA Neuroscience Update June 30, 2014

Table of contents:

I.    Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-convention

II.   Short Course on the Genetics of Addiction http://courses.jax.org/2014/addiction.html

III.  Psychiatric Genetics Consortium (PGC) Addiction Subgroup Web Conference Tuesday, July 8th from 11-12PM EST, minus 5 Hours GMT. 

IV.  Administrative Supplements for the U.S.-Japan Brain Research Cooperative Program (BRCP) - U.S. Entity (Administrative Supplement) (FOA) Number: PA-14-249

V.   NIDA's Cutting Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA R21) CEBRA PAR-12-086

VI. . Early Career Award in Chemistry of Drug Abuse and Addiction (ECHEM)  (R21/R33)     PAR-13-350




I. Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-convention – The National Institute on Drug Abuse is pleased to present its annual Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-convention, a satellite event of the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.  The NIDA mini-convention will take place on November 14, 2014 from 8:00 am - 5:50 pm in the Natcher Auditorium on the National Institutes of Health Campus in Bethesda, MD. 


The NIDA Mini-convention provides a forum for presentation on contemporary topics in the areas of neuroscience and addiction research.  It includes four scientific symposia, keynote presentations by the 2013 and 2014 winners of the SfN Jacob P. Waletzky Award which recognizes excellence in research in the area of substance abuse and the brain and nervous system, and a poster session showcasing the work of early career investigators.  The 2014 symposia are listed below.  Additional information on the 2014 mini-convention, including registration information can be found at:  http://www.seiservices.com/nida/frontiers2014/Default.aspx.


·         Emerging and Novel Aspects of Neuronal Transmission

·         Extracellular RNAs in Neuroscience:  Biology, Biomarkers, and Therapeutics

·         Advances in High Resolution and Large Scale Imaging of Brain Networks and Circuits

·         The Effect of Drug-, Stress-, and Pain-induced Neuroinflammation on Glymphatics and Sleep




II. Short Course on the Genetics of Addiction http://courses.jax.org/2014/addiction.html

Limited scholarships may be available to help attendees with travel expenses


Aug 28 - Sep 2 | The Jackson Laboratory - Bar Harbor, ME


This course emphasizes genetic applications and approaches to drug addiction research through methodological instruction based on literature, data sets and informatics resources drawn from studies of addiction related phenotypes. The course includes plenary sessions on major progress in addiction genetics, and discussion sessions in which students present their work for discussion on applications of genetic methods. Students will leave the course able to design and interpret genetic and genomic studies of addiction as they relate to their specific research question, and will be able to make use of current bioinformatics resources to identify research resources and make use of public data sources in their own research. 




III. Psychiatric Genetics Consortium (PGC) Addiction Subgroup Web Conference Tuesday, July 8th from 11-12PM EST, minus 5 Hours GMT. 


If you have human genetics data relevant to substance abuse and co-morbid disorders, we welcome your participation in the web conference to be held Tuesday, July 8th from 11-12PM EST, minus 5 Hours GMT.  The purpose of the consortium is to combine data and analytics to increase power for detecting gene variants associated with addiction to various substances.



Introductions & opening remarks:  Joni Rutter

PGC Addictions group:  Arpana Agrawal;, Joel Gelernter, Howard Edenberg

Discussion/Questions:  Group (moderated by Jonathan Pollock)

Next steps:  Arpana Agrawal, Joel Gelernter, Howard Edenberg and Joni Rutter


We hope that you will join the call to learn how to get involved.

The call-in and webex information is below:


Topic: Introduction to the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium Addictions Work Group
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 10:30 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Event number: 666 125 416
Event password: Success1

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Telephone conference information for (Audio)
Telephone #: 18666798219
Passcode: 9680216#

For more information contact

Mark S. Caulder, MS, MPH
Health Program Specialist for Population and Applied Genetics

Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
6001 Executive Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20892-9555

Tel: 301.435.1308
Fax: 301.594.6043
Email: caulderm@mail.nih.gov


IV. Administrative Supplements for the U.S.-Japan Brain Research Cooperative Program (BRCP) - U.S. Entity (Administrative Supplement) (FOA) Number: PA-14-249

Purpose: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the continuation of the U.S. entity of the U.S.-Japan Brain Research Cooperative Program (BRCP). This administrative supplement program will provide funds to research projects that are currently supported by the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The purpose of the BRCP is to promote scientist exchange, training, and collaborations in basic, translational and clinical research between neuroscientists from the U.S. and Japan. The U.S. entity of the BRCP supports the following activities:

1) Visit of U.S. scientists to conduct collaborative research and/or to acquire advanced research skills in Japanese institutions,

2) Joint workshops to exchange scientific information and to foster collaborations.

Application Due Date(s): September 2, 2014; September 2, 2015; September 2, 2016

NIDA specific interest: The NIDA supports basic, clinical, and applied research on the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of substance abuse and addiction.

NIDA contact official: Da-Yu Wu, PhD, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Telephone: 301-443-1887, Email: wudy@nida.nih.gov




V. NIDA's Cutting Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA R21) CEBRA PAR-12-086

NIDA's Cutting Edge Basic Research Awards (CEBRA R21) is a continuing program to foster highly innovative, novel or conceptually creative research that advances our understanding of drug abuse and addiction and how to prevent and treat them.  CEBRA supports research that is high-risk and potentially high-impact that is underrepresented or not included in NIDA's current portfolio.  The proposed research should: (1) test a highly novel and significant hypothesis which, if confirmed, would have substantial impact on current thinking; and/or (2) develop or adapt innovative techniques or methods applicable to addiction research.

Next two receipt dates:  August 20th and December 19th.

For further information, see CEBRA PAR-12-086 or contact Susan Volman, PhD., svolman@nida.nih.gov



VI. Early Career Award in Chemistry of Drug Abuse and Addiction (ECHEM)  (R21/R33)



This announcement is intended to encourage early career chemists (or chemists new to NIH) to develop probes that aid basic research investigations on drug abuse and/or identify new or better templates as lead compounds with potential for conducting structure activity relationship (SAR)-function studies. Importantly, this includes the identification of new chemical entities (NCEs) with therapeutic potential for drug abuse and addiction. Applicants responding to this FOA should explain their rationale for the proposed work, the inclusion of pharmacologic assessments, and the relationship of the research proposed in the context of a broader medications development pipeline (e.g., Target Identification > Probe/ligand screening > Synthesis of ligands > Assay development > Proof of concept > Lead optimization, etc.).


For further information contact


Kristopher J. Bough, Ph.D.

Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Telephone: 301-443-9800

Email: boughk@mail.nih.gov



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[DIV28M] Seeking survey participants - prenatal drug and teratogen exposure implications

Dear Division 28 colleagues,

I am working with a collaborator at Husson University and an undergraduate student in an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program this summer and we are seeking participants for an online survey. This team is collecting survey data from parents regarding prenatal and childhood environments, including items about exposure to drugs of abuse and teratogens. The REU program provides an extensive mentored experience for students across the country to learn more about psychological research and gain valuable experience needed to apply for graduate programs.

If you are interested and able to help out with this project effort, please visit this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/allparentsurvey

The first page of the survey contains additional information about the survey along with an informed consent process. This project was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Northern Arizona University (#609936-1).

Thank you for your support of an important undergraduate educational experience!

Melissa Birkett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Course-Linked Academic Support
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Phone: (928) 523-0118

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[DIV28SUPER] New Division 28 Officers

Dear Division 28 Members and Affiliates,

It is my pleasure to announce the results on our most recent elections for
Division 28 leadership!

Please welcome Stacey Sigmon, PhD as our next President-Elect in 2015
(President for the 2016 term), Mark Smith, PhD as our new Member-at-Large
(serves from 01/01/2015- 12/31/2017), and Anthony Liguori, PhD as our new
Divisional Representative to APA's Council of Representatives (serves from

In addition, I would like to thank John Roll, PhD for his willingness to serve
beginning in 2015 as the incoming Fellows Chair for our Division replacing
Stephen Heishman, PhD. Stephen has served as Fellows Chair since 2006 and
we all thank him for excellent work in assisting our members to become Fellows.

Congratulations to all the new Officers and special thanks to all the candidates
for their willingness to run for office and serve the Division.

Best regards,
Ellen Walker, PhD
President, Division 28

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[DIV28SUPER] Aggressive E-Cigarette Marketing and Potential Consequences for Youth Hearings - U.S. Senate


Aggressive E-Cigarette Marketing and Potential Consequences for Youth

Jun 18 2014 2:30 PM

Russell - 253

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. titled, "Aggressive E-Cigarette Marketing and Potential Consequences for Youth", to review e-cigarette advertising and promotional practices that appeal to kids. Over the past few years, products known as e-cigarettes have surged in popularity, including among American youth.  Along with serious concerns about potential health impacts of youth exposure to e-cigarettes, there is mounting evidence that the e-cigarette industry's marketing is reaching a substantial youth audience. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April announced proposed regulations concerning e-cigarettes, currently these products are not subject to a range of federal restrictions that apply to the marketing and sale of "traditional" tobacco products such as cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.    

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

?Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for the webcast hearing, should contact Stephanie Gamache at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.



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  • Dr. Susanne Tanski 
    Pediatrician and Chair 
    Tobacco Consortium of the American Academy of Pediatricians
  • Matt Myers 
    Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • Jason Healy 
    blu eCigs, a subsidiary of Lorillard
  • Craig Weiss 
    President and CEO 
  • Scott Ballin 
    Health Policy Consultant
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[DIV28SUPER] NYTimes: A Bolder Effort by Big Tobacco on E-Cigarettes


Units of Altria, known for Marlboro cigarettes, and Reynolds American, known for Camel cigarettes, are entering the e-cigarette market in a big way.

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[DIV28SUPER] Fwd: [DIVOFFICERS] APA Student Twitter Team: Call for Participants

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Subject: [DIVOFFICERS] APA Student Twitter Team: Call for Participants
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Please distribute on your division listservs if you think that your members would be interested in the message below.



Posted on behalf of Leslie Cameron (lcameron@apa.org):


*NEW* for APA's Convention This Year:  APA Student Twitter Team


In conjunction with APA's Annual Convention this year, APA is recruiting up to 200 graduate students and new post-docs for the first APA Student Twitter team.   Our goal is to encourage and reflect students' perspectives and voices among the many conversations taking place during the convention.


Twitter Team members will tweet often over the course of the convention, using APA's convention hashtag -- #APA2014.   They will share their perspectives and personal  experiences, post photos, and share videos -- at sessions or social events, or just walking around.    Team members will be especially encouraged to and tweet about poster sessions, as many of these individuals are students presenting for the first time.  Twitter Team members will receive an exclusive blue badge ribbon and will be invited to a social event with snacks and a chance at some great prizes (GoPro camera, tablet, and more).


Also for the first time, APA will have two large tweetwall screens at the convention center, scrolling tweets using #APA2014 in real time.  


Please share this with students, colleagues, lists, and groups.  Current graduate students and new post-docs who are interested in participating can learn more and sign up here.


This project has been organized by APA Public Interest, Science, APAGS, and Public and Member Communications staff, with funding from Governance Affairs.  






Virginia E. Holt

Associate Executive Director

APA Science Directorate

202-336-5948 (voice)



Leslie A. Cameron

Director, Administration and Communications

APA Public Interest Directorate

202-336-6054 (voice)



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[DIV28M] PsycCRITIQUES blog: "Time to Say No More to the War on Drugs?"

This notice has been sent on behalf of Danny Wedding, editor of APA's online book and film review journal PsycCRITIQUES. APA developed a PsycCRITIQUES blog that makes it possible for interested psychologists around the world to read selected book and film reviews and comment on the issues raised in those reviews.  We think this week's blog posting, entitled “Time to Say No More to the War on Drugs?” about the book “High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society” would interest members of Division 28.


For the coming week, this blog posting is on the home page at http://psyccritiquesblog.apa.org/ (afterwards, it will be found in our Recent Posts list or our Archives).

At this site you can review the blog and make comments (click on the red comments button at the bottom of the probe).

We would welcome your comments to this blog posting, or any previous postings you may find of interest in our archives. You can also subscribe to all new blog posts via email and web-based news readers at http://feeds2.feedburner.com/PsycCRITIQUESBlog .


Christine Pearce

Managing Editor, PsycCRITIQUES

Editorial Office mailing address:

California School of Professional Psychology

Alliant International University

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San Francisco, CA 94133-1221

Journal e-mail: cpearce@alliant.edu


[DIV28SUPER] NYTimes: Alexander Shulgin, Psychedelia Researcher, Dies at 88


Mr. Shulgin, a chemist who specialized in the creation of mind-altering substances, and who introduced the drug known as Ecstasy for potential therapeutic use, died on Monday.

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[DIV28M] Final update regarding Division 28 bylaw vote

Greetings members, 

The Division members, via email vote, overwhelmingly approved proposed changes to our bylaws in May 2014. These changes were proposed mainly as a means of expediting the membership process and were drafted by our membership chair, Dustin Stairs, Ph.D. The changes allow individuals who are joining APA via the new online membership portal to simultaneously request to become a member of Division 28. To be consistent with the membership requirements for APA, the new bylaws have also redefined the requirements for being a Member and Associate Member of the Division to include a doctoral degree in psychology or a substantially related field. This latter change does not impact student or other types of affiliate members. An updated copy of the bylaws will be posted to the Division 28 website. If you have additional questions about the changes or would like a full text copy of the bylaws, please email me at kdunn9@jhmi.edu.

Warm regards,
Division 28 Secretary
Kelly Dunn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
5510 Nathan Shock Drive
Baltimore, MD 21224
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[DIV28M] job announcement

Educational Program Coordinator
Tenured Track Faculty Position

The Department of Behavioral Science, located within the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky, is seeking applicants for an established Assistant Professor full-time, tenure-track position.  The successful candidate must have completed an advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D.) and strong administrative and communication skills with professional colleagues and students.   We are interested in a person to facilitate the planning and conduct of the Department's educational program with undergraduate medical students, medical residents, graduate students from several colleges and departments of the university, and undergraduate students from various departments in both campus sectors – the Medical Center and the Lexington Campus.   The Department of Behavioral Science is a multidisciplinary, basic science department within the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky with a strong tradition of collaboration among clinical departments and other substance abuse programs on campus, including Psychiatry, Psychology and the Centers for Prevention Research,   Drug Abuse Research Translation, and Drug and Alcohol Research.  The University is located in Central Kentucky's beautiful Bluegrass region, an area known for its quality of life.  Lexington is a growing community of approximately 330,000 with excellent schools, diverse business and industry, excellent recreational opportunities, and a variety of cultural events.  Information about the Department of Behavioral Science is available at <http://www.mc.uky.edu/behavioralscience>.  Additional information can be obtained by e-mail from John Wilson, johnfwilson@uky.edu ,   (Phone: 859-489-4602). Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of application outlining their experience and interest in the position, and three letters of recommendation to: Chair Search Committee (John Wilson, Ph.D.), Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY  40536-0086.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  All applicants will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen and undergo a pre-employment national background check as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources.  The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
William W. Stoops, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Department of Behavioral Science
Department of Psychiatry
Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Psychology
email: william.stoops@uky.edu
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