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NIDA, SAMHSA Host Humphrey Fellows

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.

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, ANRS Create Postdoctoral Drug Abuse and HIV Research Fellowship

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.

PAHO Offers Spanish-Language Resources for Addiction Researchers

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has translated a key scientific publication guide into Spanish and created a free virtual campus with self-taught online lessons for substance abuse professionals. Working with the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors, PAHO has translated the second edition of Publishing Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed into Spanish.

International AIDS Society, NIDA Select New Fellows

The International AIDS Society (IAS) and NIDA have awarded postdoctoral fellowships to scientists from Bangladesh, Greece, and Iran and professional development fellowships to scientists from Iran and Tajikistan. IAS and NIDA cosponsor the fellowships. The postdoctoral awards provide 18 months of training with an expert in drug abuse-related HIV to advance scientific understanding of the linkages between drug use and HIV while fostering multinational research.

NIDA Awards Tuition Waiver to Dutch Summer Institute

Thanks to a tuition waiver provided by the NIDA International Program, Allison Valentine Schlosser, a doctoral student in medical anthropology at Case Western Reserve University, will attend the Dutch Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction. Ms. Schlosser began conducting addiction research in 2005 as a social worker. She hopes to conduct international comparative addiction research integrating anthropological and health services research when she completes her degree. The University of Amsterdam sponsors the 2-week, multidisciplinary institute.

New NIDA International Program Fellowship Application Deadlines

The NIDA International Program is announcing new application deadlines for its three postdoctoral training fellowships. The deadlines are being adjusted to streamline the application receipt and review processes.

Application deadlines for the following fellowships are now April 1:

New Prescription Drug Curriculum Available

A new online curriculum for clinicians reviews prescription drug abuse within the common clinical scenario of chronic pain management in outpatient settings.

The Prescription Drug Abuse Curriculum is a free, downloadable PowerPoint presentation designed to increase awareness of the problem of prescription drug abuse. It focuses on psychosocial and medical issues associated with pharmacologic management of chronic pain and provides a framework for safe prescribing practices.

USAID Adopts New Ethics Rules

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) issued a new Scientific Integrity Policy (441 KB) in late March.

South African Investigator Receives International Traveling Fellowship Award

The World Health Organization, NIDA, and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) together have selected this year’s recipient of the International Traveling Fellowship Award. Hetta Gouse, Ph.D., University of Cape Town, South Africa, received the award based on her research into the investigation of the effects of methamphetamine in a South African sample using detailed neuropsychological testing and a functional magnetic resonance imaging reward task. The award enables Dr.