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Meaghan Creed is the winner of the Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation for research that helps make sense of the biology underlying addiction.

Stressors such as poverty, parental neglect, social stigma and physical or sexual abuse can increase a person’s vulnerability to drugs, and that has implications for the treatment of addicted individuals, particularly juveniles, who are imprisoned, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) told a meeting at AAAS.

In an op-ed on Politico.com, AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner today denounced a report by U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) and John McCain (R-Arizona) that satirizes cherry-picked research projects and misrepresents a number of valid research investigations as government waste.