Dr. Shannon Gwin Mitchell

Dr. Shannon Gwin Mitchell receives NIDA Travel Award

Dr. Shannon Gwin Mitchell was recently honored with a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Travel Award. This award will allow her to present her research as part of the Early Career Investigators Poster Session that NIDA is co-sponsoring along with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the American Psychological Association (APA) Divisions 28 (Psychopharmacology and Drug Abuse) and 50 (Addictions) at the 2009 APA Annual Convention. This year’s APA convention will be held in Toronto, Canada, August 6-9. Dr. Mitchell was nominated for the Travel Award by the Center for the Clinical Trials Network at NIDA, which will sponsor her attendance at the conference.

The $750 Travel Award can be used toward reimbursement of the cost of transportation, lodging, meals, and conference registration.

Dr. Monique Wilson

FRI Researcher Dr. Monique Wilson Receives Loan Repayment Award

FRI is pleased to announce that Monique Wilson, Dr.P.H., a Research Scientist at the Social Research Center, has received an award from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Loan Repayment Program. In exchange for a two-year commitment to a research career with FRI, NIH will repay up to $35,000 per year of Dr. Wilson’s qualified repayable educational debt, pay an additional 39% of the repayments to cover her Federal taxes, and may reimburse state taxes that result from these payments.

Dr. Wilson’s award is funded through NIH’s Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program. The purpose of this repayment program is to attract health professionals to careers in health disparities research.

To qualify for the Loan Repayment Program, the candidate must be a U.S. citizen and have a doctoral degree from an accredited institution. In addition, s/he must conduct health disparities research funded by a domestic nonprofit or U.S. Government entity.

In evaluating the applications, peer review groups comprised of non-NIH scientists are asked to consider the following criteria:

  • Appropriateness of the applicant’s previous training and experience as preparation for a career in health disparities;
  • Suitability of the applicant’s proposed clinical research activities in the two-year period to foster a career in health disparities;
  • Assessment of the applicant’s commitment to a research career as reflected by a personal statement of long-term career goals and the plan outlined to achieve those goals;
  • Strength of recommendations attesting to the applicant’s potential for a health disparities research career;
  • Availability of appropriate scientific colleagues to achieve and/or enhance the applicant’s research independence;
  • and Quality and appropriateness of institutional resources and facilities.

FRI would like to congratulate Dr. Wilson for receiving this award. Not only is this a great honor for her, but these awards will help her pay off loans accumulated during her doctoral education.

Jane Gannod

Employee Promotion – Jane Ellen R. Gannod

Jane Ellen R. Gannod was recently promoted to Payroll Administrator/HR Assistant. Jane was previously the Administrative Assistant for the Corporate Office. Over the 7 years she has been employed with FRI, Jane has demonstrated a wide range of skills, initiative, dependability, and loyalty to the organization. As expected, Jane is excelling in her new position. Congratulations Jane!

Dr. Monique Wilson

Dr. Wilson Receives CPDD Travel Award

Dr. Monique E. Wilson was awarded the CPDD Early Career Investigator Award. This is a competitive travel fellowship to attend the 2009 Annual Meeting in Reno/Sparks, Nevada and covers the cost of registration and up to $750 in travel expenses. Dr. Wilson’s presentation was entitled “HIV risk behaviors: Results from a randomized study of methadone maintenance for prisoners” and was presented as a poster at the annual meeting.

NIDA Travel Award

Dr. Wilson received the NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award. NIDA awarded special travel awards up to $750 to 27 junior investigators whose CPDD abstracts were accepted for either a poster or oral session at the 2008 Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Wilson’s presentation was entitled “Gender differences in HIV risk: Results from a randomized clinical trial.”