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Consultation on Research Initiatives: HIV Testing and Counseling in the African-American Community

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Location: LocationBethesda, Maryland, Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Date: Meeting DateDecember 11, 2006 - 12:00am - December 11, 2006 - 12:00am

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that one quarter of those infected with HIV in the United States are unaware of their serostatus. HIV-positive individuals who do not know that they are infected are more likely to transmit HIV to others. In addition, HIV/AIDS is a treatable disease, and early identification and linkage to care results in better health outcomes. Currently, African Americans (who tend to be late testers) have a much higher death rate from HIV/AIDS than any other racial/ethnic group. Because African Americans bear a disproportionate burden of the U.S.

Substance Abuse, Criminal Justice, and HIV in African Americans: Research Development Workshop

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Location: LocationSilver Spring, Maryland, Hilton Hotel
Date: Meeting DateDecember 11, 2006 - 12:00am - December 12, 2006 - 12:00am

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The Special Populations Office, Office of the Director (OD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), together with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), hosted the Substance Abuse, Criminal Justice, and HIV in African Americans: Research Development Workshop, held December 11–12, 2006, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Scientific Conference/Workshop - Translational Addiction Research: Bench, Bedside, Community, and Back

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Location: LocationSanta Monica, California, Doubletree Guest Suites
Date: Meeting DateFebruary 12, 2007 - 12:00am - February 13, 2007 - 12:00am

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The UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) hosted the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Scientific Conference/Workshop at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Santa Monica on February 12-13, 2007.   Efforts for the conference were spearheaded by Dr. Yih-Ing Hser of UCLA and other members of NIDA's Asian American/Pacific Islander Researchers and Scholars Work Group.

Methamphetamine Abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

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Location: LocationWashington, DC, Embassy Suites Chevy Chase
Date: Meeting DateSeptember 20, 2007 - 12:00am - September 21, 2007 - 12:00am

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The primary goals of this meeting were to:

  • Review existing research and current knowledge of methamphetamine abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations
  • Assess what data are currently available to characterize this problem
  • Determine what data collection plans are under way
  • Identify existing infrastructures that might be tapped to collect data on this issue
  • Identify gaps in the knowledge and begin to plan a research agenda

Questions that were addressed include:

NIDA Researchers and Scholars Joint Work Group Meeting

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Location: LocationBethesda, Maryland, Bethesda Marriott Conference Center
Date: Meeting DateOctober 31, 2007 - 12:00am - November 1, 2007 - 12:00am

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The Special Populations Office, Office of the Director (OD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), convened a meeting of NIDA's Racial/Ethnic Researchers and Scholars Work Groups October 31–November 1, 2007, at the Bethesda Marriott Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting focused on discussion and plans for future activities geared toward increasing the number of underrepresented minorities and women in substance abuse research and training from these respective populations. During the meeting, Dr.

Southern Africa Initiative: Research Progress and Perspectives

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Location: LocationBethesda, Maryland, Doubletree Bethesda Hotel and Executive Meeting Center
Date: Meeting DateApril 16, 2007 - 8:30am - April 17, 2007 - 3:30pm

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The Special Populations Office, Office of the Director (OD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) hosted the Southern Africa Initiative: Research Progress and Perspectives Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland on April 16–17, 2007. The 2-day meeting convened U.S. principal investigators and their South African collaborators to discuss the impact of NIDA funding on research capacity development in South Africa. Research topics encompassed neuroscience, social and behavioral science, drug abuse prevention/intervention, and HIV.

Substance Abuse, Criminal Justice, and HIV in African Americans Technical Assistance Workshop

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Location: LocationSilver Spring, Maryland, Hilton Washington
Date: Meeting DateOctober 15, 2007 - 12:00am - October 16, 2007 - 12:00am

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The Special Populations Office, Office of the Director (OD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) hosted the Substance Abuse, Criminal Justice, and HIV in African Americans Technical Assistance Workshop October 15–16, 2007, in Silver Spring, Maryland. The workshop convened NIDA/SAMHSA staff and NIDA grantees to serve as speakers and mentors to early/new investigators who plan to prepare grant applications for NIDA program announcements related to substance abuse, criminal justice, and HIV/AIDS.

Addiction Research Training Institute (ARTI)

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Location: LocationAtlanta, Georgia, Morehouse School of Medicine
Date: Meeting DateJuly 22, 2008 - 12:00am - July 25, 2008 - 12:00am

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The Special Populations Office, Office of the Director (OD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), along with NIDA's African American Researchers and Scholars Work Group (AARSWG), hosted its first Addiction Research Training Institute (ARTI), which was held July 22–25, 2008, at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. The ARTI was designed to train early/new investigators to become funded researchers in the area of substance abuse and addiction in African Americans.  The trainees included 20 postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members from several academic institutions.

Mini Medical School — Understanding Drug Addiction: Focus on African Americans

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Location: LocationAtlanta, Georgia, Morehouse School of Medicine
Date: Meeting DateJuly 21, 2008 - 12:00am - July 21, 2008 - 12:00am

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The Special Populations Office, Office of the Director (OD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), along with NIDA's African American Researchers and Scholars Work Group (AARSWG), convened a 1-day Mini Medical School, Understanding Drug Addiction: Focus on African Americans, at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 21, 2008, for health care professionals, researchers, and members of the community interested in understanding the needs of substance abusers and addiction in the African American community.

Native to Native Mentoring Meeting

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Location: LocationCoeur d'Alene, Idaho
Date: Meeting DateJuly 24, 2008 - 12:00am - July 29, 2008 - 12:00am

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The Special Populations Office, Office of the Director (OD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), supported the Native American/Alaska Native Researchers and Scholars Work Group's (NAANRSWG) first "Native to Native Mentoring Program," developed to increase the number of Native Americans and Alaska Natives pursuing research careers in the field of substance abuse and addiction. The meeting was an adjunct to the annual Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) meeting held in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on July 24–29, 2008.

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