Dr. Patricia Cioe attended the 32nd Annual Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Conference in Portland, OR on November 7-9, and was interviewed by a reporter who covers Infectious Diseases conferences as one of only fifteen PI's being interviewed about their abstracts/work. Dr. Cioe presented an oral abstract titled, "An Open Pilot to Examine the Acceptability and Health Effects of Electronic Cigarettes in HIV-positive Smokers".
Dr. Rachel Gunn received a 5-year K08 titled, "Ambulatory Assessment of Simultaneous Alcohol and Marijuana Use: Impact on Alcohol Use and Consequences". This study will examine the impact of co-use of alcohol and marijuana on alcohol consumption and consequences in the natural environment using alcohol biosensors.
Dr. Jennifer Tidey was the Discussant for a symposium entitled "Potential Impact of Nicotine Standards Policy" at the NIH Tobacco Regulatory Science meeting on Oct 23rd.
Dr. Jennifer Tidey also gave an invited talk at the annual meeting of the Vermont Center of Behavioral Health on Oct 11, entitled "Effects of Very Low Nicotine Content Cigarettes in People with Psychiatric Disorders".
Dr. Sara Becker gave two presentations at the Addiction Health Services Research 2019 Conference. She presented a poster on the work of the New England ATTC and gave a talk about Project MIMIC, her multi-site R01 with opioid treatment programs throughout New England. Sara is on the National Planning Committee and is excited to host next year's conference in Providence!
Dr. Jennifer Merrill presented a talk titled "Qualitative Examination of Recent Alcohol-Induced Blackouts among Heavy Drinking Emerging Adults" at the 9th annual meeting for the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood in Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Patricia Cioe and CAAS colleagues were notified that A PILOT STUDY TO EXAMINE THE ACCEPTABILITY AND HEALTH EFFECTS OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES IN HIV-POSITIVE SMOKERS has been accepted for publication in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. This is the first study to examine the use of electronic cigarettes as a method of harm reduction in HIV-positive smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit smoking.
Drs. Nancy Barnett and Kristina Jackson received a grant titled "Ecological assessment of social network contacts in drinking contexts: Peer proximity detection using wearable sensors." This grant will develop and evaluate the technology for using Bluetooth sensors and Smartphones to detect high-risk situations in which peers are drinking alcohol together.