Scientists report a growing number of email messages containing fake conference invitations. It appears that the ultimate goal for these scammers is access to personal and financial information. The emails, on first glance, appear to be legitimate invitations to relevant and important meetings or conferences. Upon closer inspection, however, people have begun to notice subtle clues that suggest the invitation may not be real. In some cases, the scammers ask for a conference fee. In more sophisticated scams, the “conference organizer” offers airfare and accommodations.
Ten researchers received travel awards to present their research at the poster session during the National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) International Conference. NHSN, which fosters the development and advancement of Hispanic scientists to promote future leaders, chose as its theme for this year, “Pathway Toward Health Equities in Hispanic Populations.” The NHSN conference International Poster Session showcased ongoing research projects to generate discussion and create linkages for collaborations.
NIDA is hosting small meetings in conjunction with larger, more broadly focused conferences to bring together drug abuse and addiction scientists to share research findings and explore potential collaborations. The mini-meetings include:
NIDA’s award-winning peer-reviewed journal, Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, was recently acquired by Biomed Central, a large science, technology, and medicine publisher. The journal continues to be freely available through PubMed Central but will no longer appear in a print edition.