RAMS 2015 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.


Participants of 2015 CPDD gather under Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, AZ

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 2015 CPDD Conference was held June 13-18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Biltmore Hotel. Below are some highlights:


Alum, Babak Tofighi showcases his poster for Darcy Plott, Seonaid Nolan, and Co-Director, Patrick O’Connor










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



Sandra Gomez Luna showcases her poster around smoking cessation for Hispanic youth


The graduating class of scholars (Darcy, Annie, Seonaid, Sandy) along with Jeffrey and Patrick


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











Scholars and the youngest RAM participant, Brayden, at the CPDD evening reception



Alex Caudarella, Class of 2014-16, and his father join the festivities









Ajay Manhapra and Mitika Kanabar, Class of 2014-16 Scholars






Participants join Yale’s Drug Abuse, Addiction and HIV Research Scholar (DAHRS) for conversation



Alum, Babak Tofighi, joins forces with Alex Walley



Wilson M. Compton, NIDA, addresses RAMS, DAHRS, and other guests











National Advisory Committee (NAC) Mentor, Kathleen T. Brady, receives an award during CPDD



NAC Mentor, Michael Stein and Jeffrey


Rich Saitz and Alex mix it up


Yale’s DAHR Scholar with Eric Strain, President of CPDD


See past CPDD Conference highlights.