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.
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.
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.
NIDA and the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS) have created a postdoctoral research fellowship to advance scientific understanding of the linkages between drug abuse and HIV while fostering multinational research. The new fellowship is the fifth postdoctoral fellowship program established under the NIDA International Visiting Scientists and Technical Exchange (INVEST) Program.
Irma Kirtadze, M.D., senior researcher at Alternative Georgia Addiction Research Center in the Republic of Georgia, has received a NIDA Distinguished International Scientist Collaboration Award (DISCA). Dr. Kirtadze will use the award to work with her U.S. partner, Hendrée Jones, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The two are developing a manual to implement supported employment programs for women with substance use disorders. During Dr.
The application deadline is May 1 for the 2014 round of postdoctoral research exchange fellowships cosponsored by NIDA and Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (Inserm). In fiscal year 2014, NIDA will support up to two awards for French scientists to work in the United States with an eligible NIDA grantee, and Inserm will support up to two awards for U.S. scientists to work in France with an eligible mentor at an Inserm research unit or center. U.S.
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.
Former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Jezelle Charles, M.S., Trinidad and Tobago, and her mentors at Virginia Commonwealth University have published an article in Biomedical Chromatography describing methods to identify and quantify one form of the synthetic psychoactive substance known as “bath salts.” The authors developed the assay in response to 2012 reports of N-benzyl-phenethylamine derivative abuse and overdose, and report that the assay is particularly well suited for use in emergency department settings. The article was published early online (doi: 10.1002/bmc.2999).