Michael Charness, CIFASD scientific director and professor of neurology and chief of staff at VA Boston Healthcare System, was selected to receive the 2018 James. H. Tharp Award. This trust-funded award was given by the board of directors of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) to recognize work that has significantly contributed to solving the problem of alcoholism. A donation was provided by the trust on behalf of the awardee to the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
In 2018, Charness also received the R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture by ASAM. The award recognizes an individual who has made highly meritorious contributions in advancing the scientific understanding of alcoholism, its prevention and treatment. The Award and Lecture, sponsored by the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation, is presented annually at ASAM’s annual medical-scientific conference.