2011 NIDA International Forum

2011 NIDA International Forum. Drug Abuse Research, Policy, and the Public Good. June 17-20, 2010 - Hollywood, Florida

June 17–20, 2011
The Westin Diplomat
Hollywood, Florida, USA

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program fosters international cooperative research and the exchange of scientific information by drug abuse researchers around the globe. As part of its ongoing efforts to foster international research on drug abuse, the International Program holds the NIDA International Forum annually. The 2011 NIDA International Forum is scheduled for June 17–20, 2011, in conjunction with the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD).

The annual NIDA International Forum highlights the range and quality of drug abuse research conducted around the world. The topic for the 2011 NIDA International Forum is Building International Collaborative Research on Drug Abuse. The Forum will feature a research symposium, a poster session, and network-building activities highlighting NIDA-supported and other international research on drug abuse. This unique scientific meeting allows participants to network with talented colleagues, learn about drug abuse research and policy issues in other countries, and discuss NIDA-supported fellowships and other programs that can support international collaborations.

Agenda (tentative)

Friday, June 17, 2011

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

NIDA International Fellowship Programs Alumni Meeting
Dale Weiss, International Program, NIDA
J. Randy Koch, Virginia Commonwealth University

Improving the Availability and Use of Youth Risk Data in Predominantly Muslim Countries: Discussion of Challenges and Strategies

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Welcome and Networking Session


Saturday, June 18, 2011

7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Plenary Session

Welcoming Remarks and Introduction
  • Steven W. Gust, Director, International Program, NIDA
  • Flavio Pechansky, Chair, CPDD International Committee
Plenary Keynote Address

Timothy P. Condon, Office of National Drug Control Policy

Plenary Presentations 
  • Richard Needle, U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
  • Jim Herrington, Fogarty International Center

Medications Development Update Symposium
Chair: Ivan Montoya, Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse, NIDA

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

2011 NIDA International Program Awards of Excellence

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Optional Networking Lunch (Fee Required)

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout #1

International Research Reports – Basic Science Research
Chair: Joni Rutter, Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, NIDA

Breakout #2

International Research Reports – Epidemiology/
Prevention/Treatment Research
Chair: Betty C.Tai, Center for the Clinical Trials Network, NIDA

Breakout #3

International Research Reports – HIV/AIDS Research
Chair: Wilson M. Compton, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, NIDA

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Forming Collaborations To Build Successful Grant Applications Workshop

  • Jeffrey Samet, Boston University School of Medicine
  • David Metzger, University of Pennsylvania
  • Richard Rawson, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Monday, June 20, 2011

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

NIDA International Research Poster Session

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Important Dates

December 20, 2010

Forum Abstract Submission and Travel Award Application Deadline

January 15, 2011

WHO/NIDA/CPDD International Traveling Fellowship Award Application Deadline

March 20, 2011

Forum Abstract and Travel Award Notification

March 2011

WHO/NIDA/CPDD International Traveling Fellowship Award Notification

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Forum Online Registration


There is no registration fee to attend the 2011 NIDA International Forum. However, pre-registration is required. Because both the NIDA International Forum and the CPDD meetings have their own registration and abstract submission processes, two separate transactions are required to register for both of these meetings.

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Abstract Submission, Travel Award Application, and Poster Guidelines

Deadline: Extended December 20, 2010
Abstract and Award Notification: March 20, 2011

  • Abstract Submission and Travel Award Application
    Abstract submission, travel award application, and Forum registration are combined functions. You must complete your Forum registration before you can submit your abstract. There is no fee to submit an abstract.
  • Abstract Submission
    Abstracts will be peer reviewed based upon the research topic, scientific merit, and quality of the abstract presentation. Abstracts accepted for the Forum will be presented as posters during the NIDA International Research Poster Session. Please click here for further information.
  • Forum Travel Awards
    A limited number of travel awards are available to participants whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the NIDA International Research Poster Session. This award provides partial support to cover the registration, transportation, and lodging costs associated with the 2011 NIDA International Forum and the CPDD meeting. Please click here for further information on Forum Travel Award eligibility and criteria.
  • Poster Guidelines
    In preparing the abstract poster for presentation at the NIDA International Forum, all authors are asked to review the guidelines to ensure their poster adheres to the requirements. Please click here for more information. The NIDA International Program Professional Development Webinar on Powerful Poster Sessions: Design and Presentation offers tips on preparing an effective poster.

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WHO/NIDA/CPDD International Traveling Fellowship Awards

Deadline: December 15, 2010
Award Notification: March 2011

NIDA, the World Health Organization, and CPDD sponsor International Traveling Fellowship Awards for drug abuse scientists from developing countries to support a 1-week research visit with a NIDA grantee and participation in the 2011 NIDA International Forum and the 2011 CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting.

The NIDA International Program will coordinate travel arrangements after the awards are announced. Applications should include a fax number and e-mail address whenever possible. E-mail applications are encouraged. Award selections will be announced in March 2011.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The chair of the CPDD International Committee must receive applications no later than December 15, 2010 at:

Flavio Pechansky, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, CPDD International Committee
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
E-mail (PLEASE SEND MESSAGES TO BOTH ADDRESSES): cpad.fm@uol.com.br AND fpechans@uol.com.br

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Travel, Hotel Accommodations, and Ground Transportation

The Westin Diplomat
3555 South Ocean Drive
Hollywood, Florida 33019
Phone: +1-954-602-6000

The headquarters for the 2011 NIDA International Forum and CPDD 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting is the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida. The Westin Diplomat is 30 minutes by car north of Miami International Airport (MIA) and a short 15-minute drive south from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

All major domestic and international airlines serve Miami International, whereas most domestic and a few select international carriers fly into Fort Lauderdale. Car rentals with many major companies can be conveniently arranged from both airports, and taxi service is also as easily accessible.

  • Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.
Getting Around Hollywood, Florida

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Other Items of Interest

In addition to the NIDA International Forum Program, the following events will also take place at the Westin Diplomat and may be of interest to Forum participants.

ISAM Certification Exam

Friday, June 17, 2011
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2011

The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) international certification in addiction medicine exam is a 4.5-hour, 225-question credentialing exam for licensed physicians from around the world. Details about the exam are online or available by email from the ISAM office at mdorozio@shaw.ca.

International Addiction Conference: Women, Children, and Gender

Friday, June 17, 2011
12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
More Information Available Soon

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If you have questions related to the NIDA International Forum, please contact us via e-mail at ip@nida.nih.gov or by phone at +1-301-984-1471, ext. 4276.

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