Junior Investigator Travel Award Program

 Accumulating evidence indicates that the antecedents, consequences, and mechanisms of drug abuse and dependence often differ in males and females and that sex/gender may be an important variable in treatment and prevention outcomes.  To foster research on women and sex/gender differences in all areas of drug abuse research, both human and animal, NIDA encourages the submission of abstracts on this topic for the 2017 annual meeting of CPDD in Montreal, Canada, June 17 – 22, 2017. Special NIDA travel awards of $1,000 will be available to 20 junior investigators whose CPDD abstract on women or sex/gender differences is accepted for a poster, oral session, or symposium.


  • Graduate and medical students, post-doctoral students, medical residents, and investigators who are no more than five years past the doctoral degree or residency are eligible.
  • Applicant MUST be first author on the CPDD abstract.
  • Minority investigators and male investigators are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Priority may be given to those who have not previously received this award or held an R01.
  • Federal employees are ineligible.

Electronic Application Procedures: Follow the CPDD instructions for abstract submission.  Then send an e-mail to Christie Espinoza at espinozac@nida.nih.govin the following format and with the required attachments:

  • E-mail subject line: CPDD 2017 Women & Sex/Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award Application
  •  Attach a copy of the abstract that you submitted to CPDD, including title and authors (In Word Format).
  • Attach your curriculum vitae (list all NIH grant support if applicable).  Please include your mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address (In Word Format).
  • Attach a cover letter stating (1) your eligibility, (2) your interest in continuing to pursue research on women and/or sex/gender differences, and (3) your career goals.

Deadline for applications: December 15, 2016

For additional information about this annual award, contact:

Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington – telephone 301-435-1319; wetherington@nih.gov

2017 InWomen’s Call for Abstracts


Call for Poster Abstracts
2017 InWomen’s Conference

Hôtel Bonaventure
Montréal, Canada
Friday, June 16, 2017

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 10th annual InWomen’s Conference. 

Submission Deadline: January 06, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST
Abstract and Travel Award Notifications will be sent by: February 24, 2017
Visa Letters Issued: February 24 – March 24, 2017

Abstract Submission Form:


Submission Guidelines

  • Only abstracts with a focus or component on women, children, youth, LGBT+ individuals, and/or gender differences in areas pertaining to substance use will be considered.
  • The online abstract submission system permits an abstract summary to be copied from a word processing document or a clipboard and pasted directly into the submission form.
  • You may submit more than one abstract for consideration. If you wish to submit more than three abstracts, you will be required to complete a second application and re-enter your personal information in the online submission system. Limit the body of each abstract to approximately 300 words.
  • Please ensure your category selection(s) are correct, authors are listed in the proper order, and that there are no typographical errors in the title and text of the abstract. Abstracts will be printed as entered in conference materials.
  • Always keep an original copy of your submitted abstract(s) and your electronic submission confirmation. 

Abstract Review, Notification and Travel Awards

Abstracts submitted for the 10th annual InWomen’s Conference will be reviewed and scored by the members of the InWomen’s Abstract Review Committee. Abstracts selected will be offered the opportunity to be presented at the 2017 conference. Several merit-based travel awards will be awarded to pre- and post- doctoral students, and new investigators (not more than 7 years post their terminal degree). Priority will be given to those who have not previously received awards.

You will be notified via email whether or not your abstract has been accepted by February 24, 2017. If your abstract is accepted, you will receive a request to confirm your availability to attend. Instructions on poster preparation, including presentation format and poster session time, will be emailed to you in advance of the meeting.

Visa Letters

For participants who require a formal letter of invitation to the 2017 meeting in order to obtain a visa, InWomen’s will accept letter requests and issue them between February 24 and March 24, 2017. Requests should be sent to bhoward@rti.org during this period.

Conference Registration

Please note that conference registration is separate from the abstract submission process, but you must register and attend the conference to have your abstract published and to receive the travel award. Registration for the InWomen’s Conference will be opened following travel award notifications. Those who submitted an abstract will be sent an email with a conference registration link.

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary


Celebrate with us! A special evening reception and dance party to commemorate InWomen’s 10th anniversary will be held after the conference.

Tax-deductible Donations

We are working to raise funds so we can offer travel awards to those who qualify with the best abstracts that have been accepted for the poster session. If you would like to contribute to an end-of-year tax-deductible travel award fund, please click here: http://tinyurl.com/InWomenDonation

The College on Problems of Drug Dependence – Accepting Applications

CPDD is now accepting applications for Full Symposia, Mini Symposia, Workshops and Forums for the 79th Annual Scientific Meeting.

All forms must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on October 17, 2016


Misuse of Prescription Opioid Medication among Women: A Scoping Review


Pain Research and Management

The current literature review explores the particular risks, issues and treatment considerations that may affect women’s use and misuse of prescription opioid drugs. Overall, there are few evidence-based interventions that have addressed this issue among women. There is a need for more women-centered interventions that can effectively manage women’s pain and support their mental wellness.   Read More >

Black-And-White Photos Depict The Wide Range Of Mothers Battling Addiction Around The Country


“Dear Mama,” photographer and conceptual artist Branislav Jankic begins, in a letter to his mother Mila, who had long struggled with alcohol addiction and prescription pill abuse.

“Here I am writing you this letter, and it’s hard to find words. In the last 29 years we went through a lot together. Now the end is mixed with tears and laughter. All this was like a weird dream that we will always remember, like we will always remember you Mama. And we will carry you in our hearts forever, because you were and you will always be the best mother in the world.”

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Tell us how it went!

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The deadline to complete the 2016 InWomen’s Online Evaluation has been extended through next Thursday June 30 at 5pm EST.


We appreciate and incorporate attendee feedback into the planning of future conferences.

Please click here to complete the form: http://tinyurl.com/2016InWomEval.



The InWomen’s Organizing Committee

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