The NIDA International Program and Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research (DESPR) cosponsored a poster session for international research at the Society for Prevention Research (SPR). The poster session opened the SPR Annual Meeting, which was held May 28–31, 2013, in San Francisco, California. Outgoing SPR President Deborah Gorman-Smith, Ph.D., University of Chicago; DESPR Prevention Research Branch Chief Harold I. Perl, Ph.D.; and NIDA International Program Associate Director Dale S. Weiss welcomed attendees to the poster session.
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More than 260 participants from 61 countries attended the 17th Annual NIDA International Forum, which was held June 8–11, 2012, in Palm Springs, California. The meeting focused on the growing public health problem of new and emerging psychoactive substances, which are mostly unregulated compounds that are specifically designed to circumvent drug laws and mimic the effects of illicit drugs by slightly altering the chemical structure of a known drug. A joint College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)/NIDA International Forum poster session featured presentations by 160 U.S.
The breadth of dual-diagnosis issues found internationally and how they are manifest in three different national settings was the focus of a symposium at the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 43rd Medical-Scientific Conference, which was held April 19–22, 2012, in Atlanta. Carlos Roncero, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and chief of the drug addiction unit at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, described the issues and treatment approaches in Spain.
As part of an ongoing initiative to accelerate research findings into use by substance abuse treatment providers, NIDA hosted its Blending Initiative Conference in Atlanta on April 19, 2012, in conjunction with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 43rd Medical-Scientific Conference.
The NIDA International Program supported the participation of scientists from Argentina, Peru, and South Africa at the 2nd International HIV Treatment as Prevention Workshop, which was held April 22–25, 2012, in Vancouver, Canada. The meeting was organized by Julio S.G. Montaner, M.D., University of British Columbia, and featured a keynote address by U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby about the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) perspective on treatment as prevention.