Weston Lowry was a pre-med student who recently graduated from Yale University. Throughout his academic studies, Lowry progressively enriched his understanding of substance use in the United States. From interning at the Centers for Disease Control, and Prevention, to completing his senior thesis on the origins of syringe service programs, he is eager to contribute to the public health response to substance use and learn more about the substance use research community.
Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Internship Program, Lowry will take part in data collection, manuscript preparation, and presentation of research findings under the guidance of CHERISH Director Bruce Schackman, CHERISH Research Affiliate Czarina Behrends, and Cristina Chin, research manager in the Division of Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. The study, “Feasibility and Acceptability of HIV, HCV, and Opioid Use Disorder Services in Syringe Service Programs,” aims to describe the healthcare delivery models of syringe service programs that provide medications and services for people with HIV, hepatitis C, and opioid use disorder.