Node Meeting: 2021

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


Opioid and Methamphetamine Research in Northern Oregon

Todd Korthuis, MD, MPH 

Professor, Program Director, and Chief of Addiction Medicine

Oregon Health Sciences University




Substance Use Disorder and Research Collaboration: A Documentary

Sarah ‘Spot’ Poteracki 

Master of Science candidate

WVU Reed College of Media



Methamphetamine: Evidence-Based Strategies for Treatment 

Steven Shoptaw, PhD

Professor and Director of the Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine

University of California, Los Angeles.



The Future of Intervention in Substance Use Disorder: Envisioning Innovation

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)