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Dr Ronaldo Laranjeira receives inaugural ISAJE Griffith Edwards Award

The 2014 ISAJE Griffith Edwards Prize to a career scientist has been awarded to Professor Ronaldo Laranjeira, Head of Department of Clinical Psychiatry, Federal University, Sao Paolo, Brazil and General Coordinator for the National Institute of Public Policy for Alcohol and Other Drugs and Director of the Alcohol and Drug Research Unit. This award has been established to recognize achievements in addiction science in accordance with Griffith Edwards’ interests, alternating between career scientists and junior researchers.

Professor Laranjeira embodies the characteristics emphasized in the ISAJE Griffth Edwards Prize. He has had an impact as clinician, educator, articulator, promoter and implementer of public policy in the area of alcohol and drugs, in Brazil but also internationally. Laranjeira’s extensive research is eclectic and covers clinical trials as well as epidemiological studies of alcohol and other drugs, with different disciplinary perspectives. He has been a leading figure in most Brazilian addiction research, for instance in the development of research data that can inform decision making, and as a leading figure in the Brazilian Society for Alcohol and Drug Research. He is a strong advocate for research integrity. His educational activities have been of great importance for establishing a Brazilian research field but also for health workforce development in a large and less well-resourced country. His research work has been pivotal to inform public policies in a country without much tradition to do so. Over the course of many years these efforts, coupled with a focus on distribution of the knowledge through the media, the organization of national conferences, and participation in national and international addiction associations, have resulted in a change of the way addiction is viewed and preventive and treatment efforts are performed in Brazil. He has thus actively influenced the national alcohol and drug policy, but is also internationally important as a board member of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance and a senior consultant to the WHO and PAHO. The 2014 Jury for the ISAJE Griffith Edwards Prize congratulates Professor Laranjeira.

Reviewers Needed from Low and Middle Income Countries


Researchers from low and middle income countries are underrepresented among scientists who contribute papers to or review articles for journals in the addiction field. There is increasing recognition that scholars in these countries can contribute unique perspectives and expertise to the mission of these specialized journals.

The International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) is developing a database of researchers in low and middle income countries whom editors can invite to review papers and provide other scholarly services.

Interested researchers should send their CVs including a comprehensive list of their publications. The following information should appear on the first page of the CV: full name, current position, institutional address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address, areas of research competence (e.g. epidemiology, pharmacology), editorial board membership(s) and journals for which you have reviewed previously.

This information will be considered for inclusion in a database that will be made available only to editors of ISAJE member journals. All submissions will be assessed by ISAJE and the society reserves the right to reject the application of anyone deemed unqualified for inclusion in the database. Journal editors will then be responsible for the decision to contact any researcher for an assignment.

Please send your application to:

Molly Jarvis
ISAJE Executive Officer
National Addiction Centre PO48
4 Windsor Walk
London SE5 8AF
United Kingdom
Fax (+44 20 or 020) 7848 5966.


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