Drs. Zabransky (left) and Bém at a reception at the mayor’s residence.
Two former Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows, Pavel Bém, M.D., and Tomas Zabransky, M.D., Ph.D., were organizers of a meeting on urban drug policy in Prague that led to the adoption of the Prague Declaration, a set of seven principles of effective drug policies and a call for greater participation of urban leaders in forming drug policies.
Drug abuse and HIV/AIDS researchers across the globe are taking advantage of local meetings to bridge the regional gap that often hinders the exchange of research ideas and the development of constructive collaborations. Meetings were held recently in Malaysia, Norway, and Ukraine
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program hosted a group of four Iraqis taking part in the Iraq–Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Initiative. In 2008, Iraq and SAMHSA launched the initiative, in which multidisciplinary behavioral health teams from Iraq visit SAMHSA and host sites around the United States to learn about various interventions the teams want to adapt for implementation in Iraq.
Participants at the 2010 meeting of the Fogarty International Center International Tobacco Research and Capacity Building Network shared experiences on project management, research and training collaborations between domestic and foreign investigators, and connections between National Institutes of Health (NIH) grantees and other U.S. Government and international tobacco research initiatives. Ms. Dale Weiss, NIDA International Program, chaired a session that featured presentations by four NIDA grantees: Dr.
Building upon momentum from the previous year, more than 40 international scientists, policymakers, and community representatives participated in the 2010 International Networking Forum at SPR to share knowledge and information about prevention strategies and interventions involving international collaborations. A major topic this year was planning for the 2011 SPR Annual Meeting, which will focus on international research and promoting global health.
Two NIDA-supported meetings featured international drug abuse research during the XVIII International AIDS Conference, which was held July 18–23, in Vienna, Austria. Prevention and Treatment of HIV and AIDS Among Drug-Using Populations: A Global Perspective was chaired by NIDA AIDS Research Program Director Dr. Jacques Normand and featured presentations by NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow on the neurobiology of drug use and HIV risk behavior; U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Dr.
Drug abuse researchers from Brazil, Mexico, and Taiwan presented their research and sought feedback on upcoming clinical trials during the International Collaboration Workshop held at the recent NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Steering Committee Meeting.
The meeting is a featured breakout session of the 3-day NIDA CTN Steering Committee Meeting. International presenters included Ronaldo Laranjeira, M.D., Federal University of Sao Paulo; Ming-Chyi Huang, M.D., Ph.D., Taipei City Psychiatric Center; and Chun-Hsin Chen, M.D., M.S., Taipei Medical University–Wang Fang Hospital.