Dr. Robert L. Balster: 2018 P.B. Dews Lifetime Achievement Award for Research in Behavioral Pharmacology.20 February 2018
Dr. Robert L. Balster (Psychology) has recently been named a recipient of the 2018 P.B. Dews Lifetime Achievement Award for Research in Behavioral Pharmacology. This award by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics will be given out at the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2018 in San Diego in April. He originally joined VCU in 1973 and has advanced the field of substance abuse research as well as being the co-founder and co-director of the International Programme in Addiction Studies. He is also an associate coordinator of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program in Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Policy and co-founded the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products at VCU.
In honor of his late son, A. Omar Abubaker, DMD, PhD, a recent graduate of the IPAS Intermediate Certificate Programme in Addiction Studies and Chair of the Department of Oral and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgey at the VCU Health Centers, has taken on a mission to change medical and dental training in pain management. His goal: to combat the opioid crisis.
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