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Congratulations to Alison Ritter and Joe Van Buskirk

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Date Published:
26 Nov 2012
Contact person:
Marion Downey
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Congratulations to NDARC’s Professor Alison Ritter and Mr Joe Van Buskirk for their achievements at the recent Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Conference.

The long term career achievements of Professor Ritter, Deputy Director of NDARC and head of the Drug Policy Modelling Program, were recognised with APSAD’s highest scientific award, the Senior Scientist Award. This accolade recognises a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of substance use and misuse.

Joe Van Buskirk, a research officer with NDARC’s Drug Trends team, was awarded the late breaking research award at APSAD for his presentation on the use of the internet to monitor changes in the patterns of drug use. This was Mr Van Buskirk’s first presentation at APSAD.

Professor Michael Farrell, Director of NDARC, said the awards marked  NDARC’s achievements at the highest level while at the same time recognising that new and emerging talent was continuing to be nurtured at the Centre.

“Professor Ritter is a leading light in drug policy in Australia and internationally and it is enormously gratifying to see that recognised by her peers," Professor Farrell said.

“At the same time the Centre continues to recognise and nurture new and emerging talent. Mr Van Buskirk’s award is a great achievement for someone at the beginning of their academic career.”

Read more on the APSAD conference.