Congratulation to Dr. Greg Collins winning the ASPET’s 2021 Scientific Achievement Award.






J.H. Woods Early Career Award in Behavioral Pharmacology

BEH_WoodsAward_Collins_GTGregory T. Collins, PhD

The ASPET Division for Behavioral Pharmacology is pleased to award Dr. Gregory T. Collins from University of Texas Health Science Center the 2021 J.H. Woods Early Career Award in Behavioral Pharmacology. This award recognizes outstanding original research by early career investigators in the area of behavioral pharmacology.

Dr. Collins is receiving this award in recognition of his innovative and multi-tiered approach to understanding how individual differences, including behavioral and drug histories, impact drug-taking and drug-seeking behaviors. In addition to developing a strong research program, Dr. Collins has an exemplary service record and shown dedication in his roles as a teacher and mentor of younger scientists.

Dr. Collins is an assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). He received a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Michigan and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan and McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School before joining the faculty at UTHSCSA in 2012.

Dr. Collins heads a research program broadly focused on the behavioral pharmacology of drugs of abuse. Current studies, funded by NIH/NIDA and the VA, are aimed at understanding individual differences in drug-taking behavior, determining how drug-drug interactions impact abuse-related effects, and developing novel pharmacotherapies for substance use disorders.

In addition to maintaining a well-funded research program, Dr. Collins is actively involved in scientific organizations including on the ASPET Program Committee, and he is highly engaged at UTHSCSA in training both graduate students in his position as co-director of the physiology & pharmacology graduate program, and post-doctoral fellows in his position as associate director of a post-doctoral T32 training grant. He has been a member of ASPET since 2004.

The award will be presented during the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2021 on Friday, April 30.

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