Committees and Advisory Boards
Internal Advisory Committee
Administrative leaders from NNE-CTR lead and partnering institutions comprise the Internal Advisory Committee. The committee meets with the Principal Investigators and Program Coordinators for the network each quarter to advise on all aspects of NNE-CTR and Administrative Core operations. Committee members review operations, policies and procedures, progress toward network goals, resource allocation, and communication effectiveness. Their experience leading large operational grant programs, and familiarity with both the goals of the NNE-CTR and the regional academic and medical landscape position the committee members to be trusted advisors for the network leadership.
Internal Advisory Committee members:
- Joan Boomsma, MD, MBA (MMC)
- Scot Remick, MD (MMC)
- Andrew Coburn, PhD (USM)
- Patricia Prelock, PhD (UVM)
- Thomas Peterson, MD (UVM)
- Adam Atherly, PhD, MA (UVM)
- Amy Deavitt (VT)
- James Douglas (ME)
- Robert Gramling, MD, DSc (UVM)
External Advisory Committee
The External Advisory Committee includes nationally recognized research institute leaders with specific expertise that is pertinent to our network. Through meetings twice per year, they will evaluate the overall program and provide strategic guidance and mentorship to the Program Directors. The committee will also approve pilot project funding recommendations. External Advisory Committee members:
- Kenneth Pienta, MD (The Johns Hopkins University)
- Sally Hodder, MD (West Virginia University)
- Jack Westfall MD, MPH (University of Colorado)
- Gordon Bernard, MD (Vanderbilt University)
- Mark Levine, MD (Vermont Commissioner of Health)
Participation in the Working Groups is open to all. To be included in notices regarding upcoming meetings and notices of supplemental funding, contact Jennifer Smith, Administrative Coordinator (Jennifer.Smith@med.uvm.edu)
Addiction Working Group
Addiction Working Group was established in December 2017 with participants that
include physicians, psychologists, social workers, public health professionals
and laboratory-based, as well as behavioral investigators. Expectations established at the initial
meeting of the Addiction Working Group were to address initiatives,
improvements and engagements; provide coordination, strategic planning and
define complementary interests; publicize the existence/availability of
funding mechanisms; and, optimally partner with resources within the NNE-CTR
Network Cores in a manner that will maximize collaboration. The following initiatives were established as
priorities: opioid addiction policy; genetic and epigenetic biomarkers within
the context of risk and treatment response; reward-based intervention;
co-contributions of tobacco and opioid dependence; maternal and post-natal
consequences/complications of addiction; and, unique considerations for
adolescent and early adult addiction.
A Supplemental Grant titled, "Hospital Utilization for Opioid Overdose: A Community Engaged Multidisciplinary Approach to Measure the Impact of Policy Change and Inform Interventions", was awarded in September 2018.
Link to: VCBH's Dec 2017 "Vermont Hub-and-Spoke Model of Care for Opioid Use Disorders: An Evaluation"
Link to: Vermont Medicine Magazine "Inventing the Wheel"
Cancer Working Group
The Cancer Working Group held its first meeting on August 14, 2018. Participants discussed potential initiatives, funding sources, and research resources, including those available through the CTR.
Community Advisory Board
The Community Advisory Board is in the process of forming and will hold its first meeting soon.