Late December 2019

December 2019 Newsletter:

President’s Message and Last Call for Early Registration Discount

Message from President Deborah Hasin on the 2020 Meeting: Substance Use, Substance Use Disorder

Dr. Deborah Hasin is Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University, with joint affiliations in the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She directs the NIDA T32 Substance Abuse Epidemiology Training Program in the Department of Epidemiology in Mailman, and also directs the Substance Dependence Research Group at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Hasin conducts research on drug and alcohol use and substance use disorders in the general population and in specialized vulnerable groups. She has published over 400 papers. Her studies are funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and other organizations.

When first approached by APPA about the possibility of becoming the 2019-2020 president, Dr. Hasin knew immediately that this presented an unprecedented opportunity to organize an APPA conference on substance use and substance use disorders. This topic had not been the focus of an APPA meeting for many years. The result of this is the program for the 2020 APPA meeting.

Substance use and substance use disorders account for an enormous amount of disability and mortality, and in the US, this problem has grown enormously in the past decade, with just one of the most obvious manifestations the striking rise in drug overdose fatalities. Substance use is especially common among those with other psychiatric disorders, and thus is relevant to those conducting research or clinical practice in all areas of psychiatry and public health. The 2020 program addresses many aspects of the substance use problem. Symposia will focus on topics on neuroimaging, pharmacological and behavioral treatments, epidemiology, policy, and multiple types of medical and psychiatric consequences of substance use, with presenters and discussants who are leaders in their fields. National Institutes of Health institute directors Dr. Nora Volkow (National Institute on Drug Abuse) and Dr. George Koob (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse) will present their perspectives on where we stand with these problems. The 2020 APPA conference will provide many opportunities for junior, mid-career and senior scientists to learn and discuss the topics with each other. We are excited about this meeting and hope to see you there!

Last call for early-registration discount!

The early registration deadline is Friday, December 13, 2019. Please register before this date to benefit from the lowest registration rate. Note also that APPA has secured significantly reduced room rates at the Crowne Plaza Times Square for the 2020 meeting making the meeting a great opportunity to visit New York City. Reserve online for discounted room rates through February 12th, 2020. APPA is obligated to fill its room block; therefore we encourage all attendees to stay at the Crowne Plaza.

Accepting nominations for APPA leadership positions

The Nominations Committee is continuing to solicit recommendations for three important APPA leadership positions. The APPA Vice President is vital to the association. The newly elected Vice President will fulfill the role of Vice-President in their first year of service, President-Elect in their second year of service, President in their third year of service, and Councilor in the fourth year of service. The APPA Treasurer is responsible for overseeing the financial aspects of APPA. APPA Councilors contribute to the APPA by participating in council meetings and by taking on responsibilities that are vital to the success of the organization including overseeing the poster session at the annual meeting and outreach to other professional societies related to APPA’s mission.

To propose a colleague or yourself, please send a note of interest and CV to Dr. Susan Santangelo, APPA Councilor at by December 30, 2019. In 2020, APPA members will elect a new Vice-President (organizer of the 2023 annual meeting), Treasurer (to serve as Councilor-at-Large for 1 transitional year and Treasurer for the subsequent 3 years), and Councilor-at-Large, to serve for 4 years.

In This Issue…

  1. President’s Message
  2. Early Registration
  3. Elections


Submit nominations for the 2020 Robins-Guze award by December 31st to

Register for the 2020 meeting by December 13th for the lowest rate

Nominate yourself or others for APPA leadership positions by December 20th

APPA adds second poster session in 2020!

A highlight of our annual meeting is the poster session. Because the response to our call for abstracts for the 2020 meeting was unprecedentedly large, we have added a second poster session. The poster sessions will be held on Thursday evening, March 5, and on Friday morning, March 6.

2020 Session Highlight – Neurofunctioning and Genetics

Session 4 of our 2020 Annual Meeting will present a range of speakers addressing a range of topics. Professor John Krystal will present on glutamate and the neurobiology of human alcoholism. Professor Rajita Sinha will present on gender, stress and substance use disorders. Professor Joel Gelernter will present on the genetics of substance use disorders, including findings from the Million Veterans project. Professor Sandra Brown will present on the large-scale Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. The session will be moderated by Columbia University Professor Diana Martinez.



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