The 2022 6th Annual Meeting of the Research Society on Marijuana will be IN-PERSON!
We welcome and encourage proposals submitted by researchers of diverse identities, including topics related to cultural diversity and equity issues and work performed by individuals from underrepresented minority backgrounds.
As the 2022 RSMj Annual Meeting is scheduled to be held physically on the Boston University (BU) campus, all attendees will be required to adhere to BU’s COVID-19 related requirements and policies. As the conditions of the pandemic change, so may these policies. As of December 2021, the BU campus has a mandatory vaccination and mask-wearing requirements. We will update information on this website as needed as we get nearer to July 2022. In the meantime, you can find up-to-date information regarding BU’s policies here.
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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Venue at Boston University (BU)
The conference will take place in the Photonics Center (6-8 St. Mary’s Street Boston, MA 02215) at Boston University.
Friday Social Event
Friday evening there will be a RSMj-hosted social event at the Dahod Family Alumni Center (225 Bay State Rd). Light food/appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will available.
There are many lodging options near Boston University, feel free to find what suits your needs/budget. To help you get started, here are two options:
1. Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge - across the Charles River from BU, roughly a 1-mile walk from the conference venue. Specific address is located at 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Use this link to get the RSMj rate (single/double occupancy pre-tax rate of $249/night): https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/BOSRC/G-RSMA
2. BU apartment-style housing - BU offers an affordable housing option within a 15-minute walk of the conference venue. You can reserve a private bedroom in a shared apartment ($94 per person/night in a 4-person suite, $165 per person/night in a 2-person suite). For more information and to book, go to: https://rsmj-stay-at-bu.eventbrite.com. Please note this link is only available until July 18th.
GETTING THERE AND AROUND
To the uninitiated, driving in Boston can be challenging and parking (particularly overnight) tends to be expensive. However, there is excellent public transportation and many walkable options. Some suggestions/recommendations:
Air Travel - Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is the closest airport and ground transportation from/to the conference venue at BU is readily available.
Public Transportation - the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA: https://www.mbta.com/) offers a number of ground transportation options. For your planning purposes, BU has multiple stops along the T Green Line- B. The closest stop to the conference venue is Boston University Central, Commonwealth Ave and Marsh Chapel, Boston, MA 02215.
Parking - BU offers multiple on-campus guest parking options during the day. Overnight parking is available on the BU campus at 142 Gardner Street (Langsam Garage). For more information and pricing go to: https://www.bu.edu/parking/lots-locations/family-guests-and-visitor-parking/.
We are thrilled to host two incredible keynote speakers at this year's meeting: Dr. Marsha Lopez and Dr. Robert Miranda!
Marsha Lopez, Ph.D.
Epidemiology Research Branch
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Dr. Lopez is currently Chief of the Epidemiology Research Branch. Prior to becoming Branch Chief, her program areas included major epidemiological studies and secondary data analysis, studies of the co-occurrence of drug and other psychiatric disorders, diagnostic issues pertaining to drug and other psychiatric conditions. Dr. Lopez is the Program Official for the Monitoring the Future Study, as well as an active supporter of Research Training among new investigators. After receiving her B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown University, Dr. Lopez was an Intramural Research Training Associate (IRTA) Fellow at NIDA for two years in Behavioral Pharmacology in the Preclinical Pharmacology Laboratory. She subsequently attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Department of Mental Hygiene, where she received her MHS with a concentration in Public Mental Health, and then Ph.D. with a focus on drug and alcohol dependence epidemiology. Her training was funded by an Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) from NIDA, supporting research on drug related mortality.
Robert Miranda, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
Dr. Miranda is a Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior. He has committed his career as a clinician scientist to advancing our understanding of how addiction develops and progresses during adolescence, with the ultimate goal of advancing clinical practice. He directs a federally funded research program on the treatment of adolescents with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders, with a special focus on testing new pharmacological interventions and using novel strategies to monitor how adolescents behave in their natural environment. He has served as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, or Mentor on over 30 federally funded research projects, and has developed several novel assessment and intervention approaches for adolescents with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. In addition, Dr. Miranda has served on numerous study sections at the National Institutes of Health.