Richard O’Connor is the recipient of the 2016 Pfizer, Inc. Postdoctoral Fellowship.  The award presentation ceremony will take place during the Obesity Society’s annual scientific meeting in New Orleans, LA in November.  The fellowship will focus on “Central Control of Obesity, with an emphasis on mechanistic studies to deepen our basic understanding of the homeostatic and reward neurocircuitries underlying food intake” (August 2016).

Diane Damez-werno and Richard O’Connor receive Mentor Recognition from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Center for Excellence in Youth Education for the Lloyd Sherman Scholars Program (August 2016).


Molly Heyer and Alex Smith presented at the 2015 American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Fl.

Alex Duncan, Molly Heyer, Sietse Jonkman, Alex Smith, and George Voren presented posters at the 2015 Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Conference in Chicago, Il.

Ryan Hakim, NIDA Summer Intern, was selected to present his summer research internship project in the Kenny Lab to the NIDA staff in Bethesda, MD (September 2015).

Neuroscience Ireland small Paul Kenny received the Tom Connor Distinguished Investigator Award at the 9th Neuroscience Ireland Conference  on Frontiers in Neuroscience: Diseases and Treatments (September 2015).

Paul Kenny was an invited Mars Keynote Speaker for the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) annual conference (July 2015).

Paul Kenny was a speaker and session chair at the Janelia Conference on Motivational Circuits in Natural and Learned Behaviors (March 2015).

 Paul Kenny was the distinguished guest speaker at the third annual Waggoner Center for Alcohol/Addiction Research Conference at the University of Texas at Austin (March 2015).

Paul Kenny was elected a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).


 Paul Kenny was elected as  Member of the Advisory Council for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).


Paul Kenny was a presenter during the NIDA Mini Convention (November 2015) and presented his talk on Circulating microRNAs as Addiction Biomarkers during the Extracellular RNAs in Neuroscience: Biology, Biomarkers and Therapeutics session.

Paul Kenny was an invited speaker at the Nebraska Research and Innovation Neuroscience Conference (September 2014) . His talk was on Mechanisms Underlying Motivational Properties of Nicotine.

Paul Kenny was an Invited Speaker at the Molecular Basis of Addiction: Synaptic Modification (with Marc Caron, and David Sulzer), American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology ASBMB), San Diego (April 2014). His talk was on Molecular Basis of Addiction: Synaptic Modification.

Paul Kenny gave a Basic Science Theme Lecture (February 2014) on New Insights into the Mechanisms of Compulsive Nicotine Intake during the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Conference in Seattle, Washington.


Paul Kenny received the Mathilde Solowey Lecture Award in the Neurosciences Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, hosted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH).


Paul Kenny received the Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Award for Innovative Research in Drug Addiction and Alcoholism from the Society for Neuroscience.