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Egyptian Version of NIDA National Drug Facts Week a Success

Egyptian drug abuse professionals participated in the January 2015 NIDA Drug Facts Week activities, holding events at schools, sporting clubs, youth centers, churches, the national police academy, and a book fair. Mohammed Elhamshary, M.D., M.Sc., 2014–2015 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellow, coordinated an enthusiastic team of psychiatrists and social workers from Egypt Alabassiya Hospital to organize the events in collaboration with the country’s Mental Health Secretariat.

InWomen’s 2015 Conference Announces Program, Seeks Entries for Annotated Bibliography

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For more information, visit inwomen health or contact InWomen’s Chair Wendee Wechsberg, Ph.D., at wmw@rti.org.

Save the Date! 2015 NIDA International Forum

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Online Registration Closes: May 1, 2015

INVEST/CTN Fellow Discusses Drug Abuse in Nepal

In a February 25, 2015, presentation for the University of Washington Nepal Speaker Series, Chandra K. Jha, Ph.D., reviewed relapse risks among Nepalese drug users and described evidence-based recommendations to provide drug detoxification and rehabilitation services in the country. A native of Nepal, Dr. Jha is an INVEST/CTN Drug Abuse Research Fellow working with University of Washington professor Dennis M. Donovan, Ph.D., at the Pacific Northwest Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network.

CTN Meeting Focuses on International Collaboration

Researchers from Australia, Canada, China, Ecuador, and Mexico briefed participants about their research during the international session at the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Steering Committee Meeting. The meeting was held April 15–16, 2015, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. INVEST/CTN fellow Chandra Jha, Ph.D., Australia, discussed his study of factors related to relapse among former and relapsed Nepali drug users, and how public health strategies can minimize relapse risks. His fellowship mentor is Dennis Donovan, Ph.D., University of Washington.

NIDA, SAMHSA Host Humphrey Fellows

The 2014–2015 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows met with federal officials April 1 and 2 to learn about research priorities, initiatives, and resources offered by NIDA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., and Associate Director Dale Weiss hosted the fellows at NIDA. The following NIDA staff spoke with the fellows: Carmen Rosa, M.S., Center for the Clinical Trials Network; Cora Lee Wetherington, Ph.D., Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research; Richard A.

International Program Director and Former NIDA Humphrey Fellows Join UNODC Informal International Scientific Network

Following a 2014 informal scientific consultation facilitated by NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D., and requests by United Nations member states, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has created an Informal International Scientific Network to enhance collaboration between member states and scientists on the issues of drug use and addiction. NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., and two former NIDA Hubert H.

IPAS Adds Certificate Programs; Applications Due July 15

The International Programme in Addiction Studies (IPAS), a unique online collaboration of King’s College London, the University of Adelaide, and Virginia Commonwealth University, is now offering two graduate certificate programs in addiction studies in addition to its well-established master’s of science degree program.

NIDA Reissues International Collaborative Research Program Announcements

NIDA has reissued its Program Announcements (PAs) soliciting collaborative research proposals between investigators from domestic U.S. institutions and researchers in other countries. The PAs—International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research—will be in effect until May 8, 2018. Researchers may choose one of three grant programs in response to these broad calls for innovative research proposals:

NIDA, U.S. Department of State Welcome Humphrey Fellows

The 11 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows for 2014–2015 have begun their studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), met with NIDA officials, and participated in the U.S. Department of State Global Leadership Forum for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows. On September 17–18, 2014, NIDA International Program Associate Director Dale Weiss and NIDA International Fellowships Administrator Lisa Jordre briefed the VCU cohort about NIDA’s mission, international priorities, and programs to promote collaborative research and scientific exchange about drug abuse and addiction.