Drs. Brion Maher, professor in the department of mental health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Renee M. Johnson, associate professor in the Bloomberg School’s departments of mental health and epidemiology, were awarded a $4.087 million grant for five years to continue a drug dependence epidemiology training program. The goal of the training program is to provide rigorous training in research on substance use and substance use disorders within a public health framework.
The National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Drug Abuse grant will fund seven pre-doctoral students and seven post-doctoral fellows annually. The Drug Dependence Epidemiology Program is in its 26th year of funding, making it one of NIDA’s oldest continuously-funded training programs. Founded in 1993, Dr. James C. Anthony was the program’s first director.
The fellows will obtain supervised training in: social, environmental and biological factors influencing substance use risk; substance use treatment and services; and emerging trends (e.g., opioid overdose). This training program will capitalize on the rich institutional resources at Johns Hopkins University and is supported by an experienced group of more than 50 faculty members from the University.
Dr. Maher’s work focuses on genetic and epigenetic factors influencing substance use risk and Dr. Johnson’s work addresses the health of adolescents and emerging adults, with a focus on substance use and violence.