West Virginia University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Penn State University held the annual Appalachian Node research meeting on February 25th & 26th in Morgantown, WV as a combined in-person and virtual event. Node Co-PIs Dr. Judith Feinberg (WVU), Dr. Jane Liebschutz (Pitt), and Co-Investigator Dr. Sarah Kawasaki (Penn State) would like to extend their thanks to the many people who attended via Zoom and to everyone who helped make the meeting a success.
Discussion centered on the ongoing fentanyl epidemic and rising methamphetamine use in the region. These issues were addressed by our two outstanding guest speakers: Todd Korthuis MD of the Oregon Health & Science University emphasized opioid and methamphetamine use in rural Oregon, and Steve Shoptaw PhD of the University of California Los Angeles gave a comprehensive overview of methamphetamine use disorder and recent advances in treatment. Node members and partners also presented on potential future research efforts on substance use disorder in the region and nationally.
Welcome and Introduction:
Judith Feinberg, MD
Co-PI, Appalachian Node of the NIDA CTN
Vice Chair, Research & Professor, Infectious Diseases
West Virginia University
Todd Korthuis, MD, MPH
Professor, Program Director, and Chief of Addiction Medicine
Oregon Health Sciences University
Sarah ‘Spot’ Poteracki
Master of Science candidate
WVU Reed College of Media
Steven Shoptaw, PhD
Professor and Director of the Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles.
Panel Discussion: Garret Cooper, MD, PhD (WVU Dept. of Medicine), Erin Winstanley, PhD (WVU Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry), Erin Baldwin, RN & Caitlin Sussman, MSW (Milan Puskar Health Right Free Clinic, Morgantown, WV), Wanhong Zheng, MD (WVU Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry)