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NIDA, Italian Officials Agree To Cooperate on Drug Abuse Research and Training

NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D.; Carlo Giovanardi, Undersecretary for the Family, Drugs and Civil Service, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy; and Giovanni Serpelloni, M.D., Department for Anti-drug Policies (DAP), Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy, agreed July 25, 2011, to foster mutually beneficial research and research training to improve the diagnosis and treatment of drug abuse and addiction.

The memorandum of understanding cited three research areas of particular interest for the two agencies:

NIDA Participates in Italian National School on Addiction

Building on the 2011 Binational Agreement between NIDA and the Italian Department for Anti-Drug Policies (DAP), NIDA staff and grantees taught a module of the National School on Addiction, which was held March 12–13, 2012, in Italy.

Italy Translates NIDA Website as Part of Binational Agreement

Building on the 2011 binational agreement between NIDA and the Italian Department for Anti-Drug Policies (DAP), Italy has translated the NIDA website, Easy-to-Read Drug Facts, into Italian. The easy-to-read website features pictures and videos to help readers understand the text about drug abuse, addiction, and treatment. The pages are easy to print out to share with people who do not have computers.

NIDA, Italian Researchers Plan Collaborative Clinical Studies

As part of the ongoing collaboration under the binational agreement between NIDA and the Italian Department for Antidrug Policies, the NIDA Intramural Research Program (IRP) and researchers at the Catholic University of Rome will conduct joint clinical studies on reducing alcohol consumption. The Italian principal investigator is Giovanni Addolorato, M.D. The research plan was agreed upon during meetings that were held November 6–14, 2012, in Rome and Verona, where NIDA Director Nora D.

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Important Dates

NIDA International Program Fellowships

Application Deadlines:
Postdoctoral Fellowships:
April 1

Meetings

July 13 - July 18, 2014
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
July 20 - July 25, 2014
Melbourne, Australia
August 1 - August 1, 2014
Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA