Dr. Nawal Boukli Receives Prestigious NIDA-NIH Award to Present at the 2015 NIDA International Forum


Dr. Nawal Boukli

Join us in congratulating Dr. Nawal Boukli, Associate Professor at the microbiology and immunology department and Director of the Biomedical Proteomic Facility (BPF), for being selected by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program part of the National institute of Health (NIH), to receive a travel award to present the research project titled: “Overexpression Of GRP78 Confers Protection Against Neurocognitive Impairment In HIV Infected Polydrug Users” at the 2015 NIDA International Forum June 12–15, Phoenix, Arizona.

The 2015 NIDA International Forum is an annual event that attracts nearly 300 international and U.S. researchers and policymakers who are committed to addressing the global problems of drug abuse and addiction. Dr. Boukli’s participation will be important to continued development of international collaborations and networks committed to the advance of drug abuse research, treatment, prevention, and policy.

This project will also be presented by Dr. Boukli at the 77th Annual Meeting – College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) June 13-18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  CPDD is the longest standing group in the United States addressing problems of drug dependence and abuse and has over 1,000 members.

The NIDA award reflects Dr. Boukli’s research efforts, who recently received a NIDA-NIH R25 pilot study award in recognition of success for the project titled: “Polydrug Use-Induced Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Biomarkers and Neurocognitive Impairment among HIV- Positive Individuals in Puerto Rico”. This NIDA grant sponsored a training of Dr. Boukli at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) as visiting professor  at the NIDA funded Center for Learning and Health that serves as the site of many NIH-funded clinical trials, integrating effective clinical treatment and rehabilitation with basic science investigation. Dr. Boukli’s training at JHU resulted in exchange of protocols that enhanced the recruitment of HIV positive Polydrug Users at BPF, UCC leading to the generation of key preliminary data that will be presented by Dr. Boukli at the 2015 NIDA International Forum and College on Problems of Drug Dependence 77th Annual Meeting.