RAMS 2016 The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Retreat

As part of the RAMS program, Scholars will attend The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Conference. Scholars attend the NIDA-funded conference and participate in conference activities. The goal of the RAMS CPDD Retreat is to support scholars in getting the most out of a scientific research meeting.


The Class of 2014-2016 honored during the 2016 CPDD in Palm Springs, CA

Scholars receive guidance from their mentors on preparing for the conference, select sessions to attend, review abstracts, and network with other researchers in the field.  In addition to the conference and program sessions, scholars attend a poster presentation session  and oral session with the RAMS Program Directors to learn how to most effectively utilize this rich conference feature.

The CPDD retreat builds on the work done during the Boston Retreat, as it enables Scholars to participate in a large scientific research conference, taking full advantage of the many opportunities to learn and network in preparation for their future as research clinicians in the field of Addiction Medicine.

The 2016 CPDD Conference was held June 11-16, 2016 in Palm Springs, California at the LaQuinta Resort. Below are some highlights:


Sandra Comer, President Elect CPDD, addresses RAMS



Kathleen Brady, NAC Mentor, along with Zoe Weinstein (Class of 2014-16)




The Class of 2014-16 debrief about the oral sessions with Co-Director, Jeffrey Samet





RAMS Mentor, Alex Walley, along with Judy Tsui, RAMS Research Methodologist













The newest RAMS, Preesha, with parent Scholar, Mitika Kanabar, and NAC Mentor, Michael Stein






Bulat Idrisov with Judy Tsui, Research Methodologist, and Edward Nunes, NAC Mentor



Alex Caudarella (Class of 2014-16) discusses his poster, HIV, overdose mortality and the impact of anti-retroviral therapy adherence



Alum, Sarah Bagley, and Nikki Bozinoff (Class of 2015-17). Showcasing Dr. Bozinoff’s poster, Syringe-sharing among a prospective cohort of street-involved youth in Vancouver, Canada: implications for structural interventions


Hussam Jefee-Bahloul (Class of 2014-16), showcasing his poster, Smoking and trauma in Syrian refugees


Natalia Gnatienko, Alum, Sarah Bagley, and Mentor, Alex Walley

See past CPDD Conference highlights.