“This award is particularly special to me because I was nominated by my peers and the selection committee included several pioneers that have influenced my work and advanced substance abuse research among Hispanic populations,” said Dr. Miguel Ángel Cano on learning that he had received the National Award of Excellence in Research by a New Investigator from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, one of the foremost Hispanic scientific groups in the country.
[Photo: Dr. Miguel Ángel Cano]
This award is presented annually by NHSN to a new investigator for outstanding research in the field of Hispanic drug abuse as part of their commitment in setting the groundwork for early career scientists to develop a strong foundation of knowledge and skills.
Dr. Cano is an assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at the Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work. His current research focuses on health disparities among racial and ethnic groups with an emphasis on Hispanic populations. The National Cancer Institute has funded his research into the ethnocultural factors associated with smoking cessation among Hispanics.
Dr. Cano’s expertise in this field of study has been recognized by the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry and the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse. Most recently, his expertise was called upon by Univision when he was invited to discuss the dangers of e-cigarettes with network news reporter and anchor, Lourdes Del Rio. The interview aired as part of a segment on e-cigarette use during Despierta America, Hispanic America’s No. 1 morning show, which enjoys a viewership of 839,000 across the nation.