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The Mower Visiting Scholar at Ben Gurion University

The Mower Visiting Scholar at Ben Gurion University's Regional Alcohol & Drug Abuse Research Center
is co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Are you a CU faculty or staff doing innovative research related to substance use policy, prevention or treatment?  Would you like to visit Israel to share your work and forge new collaborations?

The Mower Visiting Scholar Program is intended to promote a dynamic relationship between the University of Colorado and Israel’s Ben Gurion University (BGU). The aim is to promote research capacity at BGU in the area of substance use by providing opportunities for CU researchers to provide training, workshops, symposia and joint research development on site at BGU.​

The Program is generously funded by Drs. Mort and Toby Mower and it supports several individual visits by researchers from CU to Israel each year to carry out workshops or symposia and collaborate with Israeli researchers working in similar areas. The Program will fund 2-3 Visiting Scholars per year. Each visit is expected to last from 1-3 weeks.

Those selected to serve as Mower Visiting Scholars will receive round trip airfare from Colorado to Israel, ground transportation in Israel to BGU (in Be’er Sheva), housing while at BGU, and a $2,500 honorarium. Any CU researcher, at any phase of career, may apply. 

Example topics of research interest include, but are not limited to:
  • The role of nursing or of multidisciplinary teams in substance misuse prevention and/or treatment.
  • Use of music, art or other novel humanities modalities in substance use prevention and/or treatment.
  • Emergency medical services related to substance misuse, including compassion fatigue among EMS,
    ED and other allied health professionals.
  • Differing patterns of care for patients with substance misuse disorders.
  • Substance use patterns in places where the usual rules are thought not to apply (sometimes called “liminal spaces”) such as among workers and visitors to holiday resort areas.
  • The “hidden curriculum” and disillusionment among health professional trainees, especially as it         may relate to substance misuse.
  • Rapid changes in substance misuse use patterns (e.g., rise of use of synthetics and the misuse of         prescription drugs) and methods for tracking changing patterns in real-time.
  • Surveillance and monitoring of substance misuse among youth and young adults including those         in residential programs.
  • The impact of trauma and stressful living conditions on substance misuse.
  • Substance misuse, burnout and suicide risk among health professionals.
  • Caring for infants in withdrawal, and burnout or compassion fatigue among health providers.
  • Differential patterns of substance misuse by race, ethnicity or other demographic factors.
  • The impact of cannabis legalization on youth illicit substance use.
  • The reliability, or lack thereof, of self-report data when studying substance misuse.
  • Program evaluation methods for youth substance use prevention programs.
  • Use of synthetic drugs among patients with underlying mental illness.
  • Use and misuse of prescription drugs.
  • Substance misuse in geriatric and palliative care populations.
  • Connections between substance misuse and domestic violence.
  • Comorbidity issues of substance misuse and mental health.
  • Community-based activities for substance misuse prevention.
  • Health professional attitudes and/or knowledge of the uses of cannabis (medical and/or recreational).

If you are doing research addressing these or related areas, please consider applying.

Submit a CV along with a brief (<500 words) description of yourself, your research and the research method(s) that you would be able to teach and share at BGU. Please include the envisioned format
(e.g., lectures, workshops, joint proposal development with BGU researchers, publication and/or presentation assistance, online, etc.) and how much time you would propose to stay at BGU (1, 2 or 3 weeks).  Materials should be sent to Julie Ressalam ( with the subject line, “MVS application.”

The application deadline for the next round of applicant reviews will be mid-year, 2019.
Applications will be reviewed and ranked by a panel of Israeli medical professionals from BGU.  Final selections will be made by the joint steering committee for the BGU-CU Anschutz partnership. 
Individuals selected for this award will be responsible for working with their Department/Supervisor to ensure adequate time is available for them to carry out the proposed visit. The timing of the visits is to be determined between the Visiting Scholars and the team at BGU.

Questions should be directed to Julie Ressalam​ at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.