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University of Adelaide Offers Free Online Course About Addiction Treatment

The University of Adelaide has created a free, 5-week online course that explains the biological basis of chronic drug use and addiction and describes treatment options such as pharmacotherapy, psychosocial interventions, and life skills. The course, which begins October 8, 2015, is designed for health care professionals and policymakers, particularly those in low- or middle-income countries. More information is available here.

NIDA Supports ISAJE/Hashemite University Scientific Writing Workshop

NIDA provided partial support for an intensive workshop on scientific writing and preparing research manuscripts for publication. Participants included 35 doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and graduate students from the Middle East and North Africa. The International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Hashemite University at Zarqa, Jordan, organized the interactive workshop, which was held May 31–June 2, 2015.

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 Hosts New Investigators Symposium at Spanish Addiction Meeting

New Spanish investigators learned about drug abuse research opportunities during a continuing professional education course April 17–18, 2013, before the Spanish Scientific Society of Studies on Alcohol, Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (Socidrogalcohol) conference, which was held in Murcia, Spain. Ivan Montoya, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of the NIDA Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse, cochaired the course with Socidrogalcohol President Julio Bobes, M.D.

ONDCP and NIDA Create Online Physician Training Courses for Prescribing Painkillers

International health care providers may take advantage of unique training tools developed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and NIDA to help health care providers screen and manage patients taking prescription opioid analgesics. Prescription drug diversion and abuse is an epidemic in the United States, and is reported to be increasing around the world. The U.S.

Australian State Honors Director for Developing Online Master's Degree in Addiction Studies

The University of Adelaide Director of the International Programme in Addiction Studies (IPAS), Femke Buisman-Pijlman, Ph.D., M.Sc., has received a State Teaching Award for her innovative work around online learning and developing the IPAS program. Dr. Buisman-Pijlman was named Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Early Career Educator of the Year in tertiary teaching. The vice chancellors of the three state universities—Flinders University, University of South Australia, and University of Adelaide—participated in the awards gala. Dr.

Summer Institute Enriches Doctoral Student’s Research Training

Ms. Cendrine Danae Robinson attended the Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction in The Netherlands earlier this year and found that the experience exceeded her expectations.

Ms. Robinson, a doctoral student at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, attended the Summer Institute through a tuition waiver from the NIDA International Program. The Institute “immensely enriched my graduate training,” she wrote in a final report of her experience.

New Webinar Series on Brain Disorders

The Fogarty International Center is hosting a series of live webinars on research resulting from its funding opportunity on brain disorders. The series, covering a range of topics related to brain disorders, will help shed light on some of the challenges and potential solutions in developing collaborative research and capacity-building projects relevant to low- and middle-income countries. Register for the webinars at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FICBRAIN. Presentations, which will begin at 8:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern time, include:

U.S. Schools Open First Accredited Residency Programs in Addiction Medicine

Ten U.S. medical institutions have just introduced the first accredited residency programs in addiction medicine. Doctors who have completed medical school and a primary residency will be able to spend a year studying the relationship between addiction, heredity, and brain chemistry.

Webinars Help Forum Participants Prepare

The NIDA International Program held a series of webinars this spring to help participants of the 16th NIDA International Forum prepare their poster and oral presentations.