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Congratulations to Dr. Erin Calipari on the 2019 Freedman Prize Honorable Mention

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation awards Klerman and Freedman Prizes recognizing exceptional clinical and basic research in mental illness. The prizes are awarded annually to honor the work of outstanding scientists who have been supported by the Foundation’s Young Investigator Grants Program.


Congratulations to Dr. Erin Calipari on receiving the Avenir Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIDA’s Avenir Awards provide grants to early stage investigators who propose highly innovative studies.  “Avenir” is the French word for “future”, and these awards represent NIDA’s commitment to supporting researchers who represent the future of addiction science.This project focuses on combining optical tools and big data approaches to define the interplay between epigenetic signatures and neural activity patterns in substance use disorder.

Gift supports addiction medicine training program

From VUMC Reporter

Brentwood, Tennessee’s JourneyPure, a provider of both residential and outpatient treatment for individuals who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, has made a commitment of $100,000 to Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) to support the training of fellows in addiction medicine.

VCAR Member Stephen Patrick honored for neonatal abstinence syndrome research

From the Vanderbilt Reporter:

Stephen W. Patrick, M.D., MPH, MS, has been chosen to receive the Nemours Child Health Services Research Award, recognizing his work surrounding neonatal abstinence syndrome, a drug withdrawal syndrome experienced by infants exposed to opioids while in utero.

Vanderbilt study finds natural chemical helps brain adapt to stress

A natural signaling molecule that activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain plays a critical role in stress-resilience — the ability to adapt to repeated and acute exposures to traumatic stress, according to researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Sachin Patel participates in release of National Academy of Sciences report on health effects of marijuana.

“American Academy of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt neonatologist urge public health approach for women who use opioids during pregnancy

VCAR member Stephen Patrick, MD, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement release.

VCAR members awarded NARSAD Young Investigator Awards

Congratulations to Rita Baldi from Sachin Patel’s lab, and to Brad Grueter for their NARSAD Young Investigator Awards.

Dr. Baldi’s award will promote studies aimed at understanding the role of the endocannabinoid system in stress-resilience.  Dr. Grueter’s award will allow his lab to move forward on research aimed at understanding interactions between the nervous and immune systems.

Time discusses recent national conversations on medicinal marijuana.

VCAR investigor Sachin Patel discusses implications of recent DEA decision on marijuana research.

VCAR investigator Sachin Patel receives Presidential Early Career Award.


Sachin Patel MD, PhD was one of 106 researchers to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers.  This Award is the highest honor betowed by the United States government on science and engineering professional in the early stages of their independent research careers.




Opioids’ impact on womens’ health explored at research symposium

Vanderbilt University

opiod.jpegWomen may be at higher risk than men when it comes to overuse of opioid-containing painkillers, speakers warned at a research symposium at Vanderbilt University Medical Center earlier this month.



VCAR director receives MERIT award from NIAAA


​Vanderbilt University researcher Danny Winder, Ph.D., has received a MERIT Award from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, for his contributions to understanding how alcohol affects the brain.​