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RFA Issued for FY14 HIV/AIDS Avant Garde Research Program

NIDA has committed $2 million in fiscal year (FY) 2014 to fund two to three awards for scientists who propose cutting-edge—and possibly transformative—approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research on HIV/AIDS that are relevant to drug abuse. Applications are due November 6, 2013. For more information, see RFA-DA-14-008

Fogarty, NIDA-Funded Research “Making a Difference” in Bulgaria

In research funded by NIDA and the Fogarty International Center (FIC), Jasmin Vassileva, Ph.D., University of Chicago, is investigating the impact of heroin on neurocognitive function and HIV transmission in Bulgaria. Why Bulgaria? In Chicago, up to 80% of heroin users also use cocaine, making it difficult to isolate the effects of a single drug. In contrast, Bulgarian heroin users are more likely to use only that drug. In addition, both heroin addiction and HIV are major public health problems and research is scarce in the country where Dr. Vassileva was born. Dr.

International AIDS Meeting Satellite Focuses on AIDS Research at NIH

During the XIX International AIDS Conference, which was held July 22–27, 2012, in Washington, DC, NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D., joined other National Institutes of Health (NIH) leaders in presenting advances and challenges in AIDS research. Dr.

Funding Opportunities for International Research

NIDA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have recently issued several funding opportunity announcements of interest to the international drug abuse research community:

International HIV/AIDS Researchers Eligible for NIDA Avant-Garde Award

The NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research is now open to international scientists. This award is designed to support individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose cutting-edge—and possibly transformative—approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research on HIV/AIDS that are relevant to drug abuse. The award is intended to support high-impact research that will open new areas of HIV/AIDS research and/or lead to new avenues for treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS among drug abusers.

NIDA International Program Supports AIDS Treatment as Prevention Workshop Participants

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.

New NIDA Grantees Collaborate To Address HIV/AIDS and Drug Use

Late last year, five new research teams began work to address HIV/AIDS and drug use in areas where it is already at epidemic proportions or where it is quickly emerging to become one if efforts are not made to halt or reverse the current momentum. The research projects are the result of NIDA grants designed to stimulate collaborative research among foreign investigators from the same geographic regions to address regional issues on the intersection of HIV/AIDS and drug use in international settings.

NIDA Announces Another New Funding Opportunity

President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) intends to commit $4 million to fund 8 to 10 awards in fiscal year 2012 to support implementation science projects that will inform the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) as it develops more efficient and cost-effective methods to deliver HIV prevention, treatment, and care for drug-using populations.

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Important Dates

NIDA International Program Fellowships

Application Deadlines:
Postdoctoral Fellowships:
April 1

Meetings

October 18 - October 21, 2014
Berlin, Germany
November 15 - November 19, 2014
Washington, DC, USA
November 15 - November 19, 2014
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA