Since the start of the fall term at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the 2013 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows have met with officials from NIDA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and U.S. Department of State.
This year’s more than 200 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows representing 93 countries, including our NIDA-supported fellows, were honored with a reception at the U.S. Department of State and a surprise visit from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Ms. Dale Weiss, program analyst from the NIDA International Program, and Fellowships Administrator Ms. Lisa Jordre met with the new Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows early in September to introduce them to some of the NIDA resources and opportunities available to them during their fellowships.
International research and exchange collaborations contribute to advances in scientific understanding about drug abuse and addiction. To foster these exchanges, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) partners with the U.S. Department of State to support a unique training program for midcareer drug abuse professionals. Through the combination of academic courses at a leading U.S. university and a professional affiliation with an Institute grantee, NIDA Hubert H.
Rehana Kader, a 2006–2007 Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University, has received her Ph.D. from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of the Western Cape. Her research focused on the relationship between substance abuse, health status, and health behaviors of patients attending HIV clinics. Dr.
NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., Associate Director Dale Weiss, and Fellowships Administrator Lisa Jordre joined officials from the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education to congratulate the 2012–2013 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows at a year-end retreat held May 5–7, 2013, in Potomac, Maryland. The NIDA Humphrey Fellows from Virginia Commonwealth and Johns Hopkins universities were among the 190 fellows representing 93 countries who spent a year of mentored academic study at 1 of 18 host campuses in the United States.
Former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Mario Sobrinho, Public Ministry of São Paulo, Brazil, helped organize a 2-day seminar on therapeutic justice for government and police officials, prosecutors, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Dr. Sobrinho worked with officials at the U.S. Consulate office in São Paulo as part of a series of meetings organized to discuss ways to improve the performance of government in relation to drugs.
Former INVEST/Clinical Trials Network and NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellow Amit Chakrabarti, M.D., has been named senior scientist and deputy director in the eastern division of the National Institute of Occupational Health at the Indian Council of Medical Research in Kolkata. He will be responsible for research on alcohol and other drug abuse and assist in occupational and environmental health prevention, treatment, and policy issues at the national and regional levels.
Twenty-five Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows from 20 countries met with NIDA International Program Associate Director Dale S. Weiss and U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Officer Brian A. Morales on Monday, October 22, 2012, during the Humphrey Fellowship Program Global Leadership Forum. Acknowledging the broad health, social, economic, and criminal justice impacts of drug use around the world, Ms. Weiss invited attendees to become involved in NIDA opportunities. Mr. Morales described financial and administrative partnerships through the U.S.
NIDA International Program fellows from around the world visited NIDA headquarters during an orientation January 31 and February 1, 2013. NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., and Associate Director Dale Weiss welcomed the 16 fellows. Participants included the Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows from Virginia Commonwealth and Johns Hopkins universities. They were joined by scientists working with U.S.