NIDA supported the participation of 14 drug abuse researchers from Colombia, Mexico, Spain, and the United States at a one-day pre-conference workshop on International Scientific Research Collaborations, which was held in conjunction with the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse (NHSN) conference on October 11–14, 2004, in San Antonio, Texas. NHSN is dedicated to improving the health of Hispanics by (1) increasing the amount and quality of interdisciplinary translational research on drug abuse; and (2) fostering the development of Hispanic scientists in drug abuse research. Dr. Steven Gust opened the meeting by discussing NIDA’s efforts to promote international collaboration on drug abuse research by supporting research, training, exchange opportunities, and international meetings.
NIDA-supported participants included:
- From Colombia: Augusto Pérez-Gómez, Ph.D., visiting scientist, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
- From Mexico: Silvia Cruz, Ph.D., CINESTAV; Emilia Figueroa Guillen, M.D., Clinica Integral de Tratamiento; Eduardo Lazcano Ponce, Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica; Jazmin Mora Rios, Ph.D., Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente; and Ricardo Sanchez-Huesca, Ph.D., Centros de Integracion Juvenil.
- From Spain: Mariá Angeles Luengo-Martin, Ph.D., Universidad de Santiago de Compostela; Miguel Angel Muñoz, Universidad de Granada; Francisco Javier Romero, M.D., Ph.D., Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU; and Vicent M. Villar, Ph.D., Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU.
- From the United States: James Anthony, Ph.D., Michigan State University; Elena Bastida, Ph.D., University of Texas-Pan American; Kathleen Kantak, Ph.D., Boston University; and Monica Sequeira Malta, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University.