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CADCA names recipient of 2012 National Leadership Award

February 6, 2012
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In recognition of the significant contributions he has made to the field of substance abuse prevention and long-standing support of community-based drug prevention, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) will award Dr. Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Executive Publisher, Science, the 2012 National Leadership Award.

CADCA’s National Leadership Award recognizes leaders who have been longtime supporters of the community coalition movement and who use their voice and influence to educate the community about the importance of substance abuse prevention.

He will accept his award on Thursday, Feb. 9 during CADCA’s 22nd annual National Leadership Forum, taking place Feb. 6-9 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is the nation's largest training for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers, attracting more than 2500 community and state leaders from across the country.

Dr. Leshner became the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Executive Publisher of the journal Science in December 2001. Before coming to AAAS, Dr. Leshner was Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) from 1994-2001. Before becoming Director of NIDA, Dr. Leshner had been the Deputy Director and Acting Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. He went to NIMH from the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he held a variety of senior positions, focusing on basic research in the biological, behavioral and social sciences, science policy and science education.  In addition to his numerous professional achievements, Dr. Leshner pioneered the study of the brain and its relationship to addiction, helping to increase our understanding of the impact of substance abuse and addiction.

“I am thrilled to be able to honor Dr. Leshner with our National Leadership Award.  At NIDA he was a true visionary, transforming the way we understand substance abuse addiction and its impact on the brain, and as a long-standing member of CADCA’s Board of Directors he continues to help advance CADCA’s mission,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA Chairman & CEO.

"I’m honored and humbled to be recognized by an organization like CADCA that has provided so much important and effective leadership on behalf of the array of abuse and addiction issues at the community level,” Dr. Leshner said.