CPDD International Committee Names Travel Award Winner

The College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) International Committee selected 1998–1999 NIDA Humphrey fellow Medhat M. Bassiony, M.B.B.Ch., M.Sc., M.D., of Egypt as the recipient of its 2019 Travel Award. NIDA, the University of Miami, and CPDD support the award for drug abuse-related researchers from low- or middle-income countries to participate in the NIDA International Forum and the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting. A psychiatrist, Dr. Bassiony established the first addiction unit at Zagazig University hospitals in 2012. As director of the unit, he oversees patient care, physician training, and clinical research. He is currently investigating substance abuse among adolescents, young adults, industrial workers, and psychiatric outpatients. His poster is "Psychiatric comorbidity among Egyptian patients with opioid use disorders attributed to tramadol." CPDD will cover Dr. Bassiony's meeting registration fees in 2019, 2020, and 2021. The University of Miami and the NIDA International Program each contributed $1,000 to support Dr. Bassiony's travel from Egypt to San Antonio, Texas.