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Dr Ronaldo Laranjeira receives inaugural ISAJE Griffith Edwards Award
Article Type: News item From: Advances in Dual Diagnosis, Volume 8, Issue 1
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.
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, London, UK