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2018 NIDA International Forum
June 8 – 11, 2018
San Diego, California

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, California

Join the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program for the 2018 NIDA International Forum, which will be held June 8–11, 2018, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California.

The research symposium, poster session, and network-building activities focus on the range and quality of drug abuse research conducted around the world. Participants meet talented colleagues and learn about drug abuse research and policy issues in other countries as well as the NIDA-supported fellowships and other programs that can support international collaborations.

Important Dates

November 6, 2017 Forum Abstract Submission and Travel Award Request Opens
January 29, 2018 Forum Abstract Submission and Travel Award Request Closed
February 26, 2018 Online Forum Registration Opens
First Day To Request Visa Letters
March 5, 2018 Forum Abstract and Travel Award Selections Announced
May 10, 2018 Forum Registration Closes
Last Day To Request Visa Letters

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Registration Deadline: May 10, 2018.

Online registration is now open.
There is no registration fee to attend the NIDA International Forum.

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Friday, June 8, 2018
1:30–7:30 p.m. Registration and Information
1:45–3:45 p.m. Animal-Assisted Interventions for Addiction Treatment and Prevention
4:00– 6:00 p.m. Workshop: Preparing Your Research for Publication
International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE)
6:15.–8:00 p.m.

Drug Policy: Translating Ideals into Effective Programs

  • Drug Policy and the Public Good: Integrating Supply Control Demand Reduction
  • INL Program Demand/Reduction Update
  • International Visitors Leadership Program
  • Evaluation of the VCU Humphrey Fellowship Program: A Mixed-Method Approach
Saturday, June 9, 2018
8:00 a.m.–
5:00 p.m.
Registration and Information
8:30–10:15 a.m. Plenary Session
  • Welcoming Remarks and Introduction
  • NIDA International Program Outcomes: Advancing Scientific Knowledge
  • Estimating the Harms and the Economic Burden of Substance Use in Canada
  • Adulteration of Drugs with Toxic Cutting Agents:  A Rapidly Developing Global Public Health Emergency
10:30 a.m.–
12:00 p.m.
  • Opioid Overdose Prevention
  Plenary Session (Continued)
1:30–2:15 p.m.
  • International Consortium of Universities on Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR)
2:15–3:45 p.m.
  • Identifying Knowledge Gaps as Kratom Emerges on the Global Stage
4:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Addiction Technology Transfer Centers in South Africa, Southeast Asia, Ukraine, and Vietnam: Models for Future Engagement
Monday, June 11, 2018
7:00–9:00 p.m. Joint NIDA International Forum and CPDD Workshop: International Research Posters

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Abstract Submission and Travel Award Request

Award Notification: March 5, 2018

The NIDA International Program is no longer accepting abstract submissions or travel award requests for the 2018 NIDA International Forum.

Submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed based upon the research topic, scientific merit, relevance to NIDA international research priorities, and quality of the abstract presentation. Abstracts will not be selected if the research focuses only on alcohol.

Travel award requests will be evaluated based on the stated criteria:

  • Have a submitted abstract accepted for poster presentation at the NIDA International Research Poster Session.
  • Be the primary/first author of the submitted abstract.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than the United States.
  • Participate in the full NIDA International Forum (June 8–11, 2018) and the CPDD meeting (June 9–14, 2018).

Travel awards will be made in the following amounts* according to an applicant’s residency:

Country Award
Low-Income, Lower-Middle Income, and Upper-Middle Income Countries (LMIC) $1,250 USD
All Other Countries (non-LMIC) $1,000 USD
Non-U.S. Citizens in North American Countries $500 USD

*The NIDA International Program may decrease travel award amounts based on availability of funding.

Important Note: A foreign abstract author may not nominate or transfer a travel award to another foreign colleague.

Abstract selections and travel award decisions will be announced March 5, 2018.

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Poster Session

The NIDA International Forum Poster Session, scheduled as the joint NIDA International Forum and CPDD Workshop, will be held Monday, June 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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  • Poster boards will be vertical.
  • Boards will be 8 feet high by 4 feet wide (2.4 meters high by 1.2 meters wide).
  • One presenter per vertical board. When preparing the size of your poster, we recommend:
    • Maximum height (up and down) 5.4 feet/65 inches or 165 centimeters/1.65 meters
    • Maximum width (side to side) 3.8 feet /46 inches or 116.8 centimeters/1.16 meters.
  • Poster number assignments will be announced by June 1, 2018.
  • Each poster author is responsible for all his or her own poster arrangements (creating, shipping, and displaying). Poster display boards, pushpins, Velcro, and tape will be provided.
  • The presenting author must be adjacent to his or her poster during an assigned portion of the session. Authors of even-numbered posters must be by their poster from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Authors of odd-numbered posters must be by their poster from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All presenters will have ample time to view other posters presented during the same session.

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CPDD International Committee Travel Award

Award Notification: February 26, 2018

Submissions are no longer being accepted for the CPDD International Committee Travel Award. Submitted applications are now in review. Any questions about your application for the CPDD International Committee Travel Award should be directed to:

Clyde B. McCoy, Ph.D.
Chair, CPDD International Committee
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida, United States
Email: cmccoy@med.miami.edu
Phone: +1-305-243-6005

Up to two applications may be selected for the CPDD International Committee Travel Award. Each travel award of $2,000 USD will help offset travel and living expenses incurred while attending the 2018 meetings. In addition, CPDD will waive its meeting registration fee for the awardee(s) in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Selection decisions will be announced February 26, 2018.

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Visa Letter Request and Traveling to the United States

Requests Accepted: February 26, 2018, to May 10, 2018

It is common for registered Forum participants to request letters of invitation to obtain a visitor visa to enter the United States or to fulfill a requirement from their employer. Requests will be accepted only between February 26, 2018, and May 10, 2018.

  • The NIDA International Program will not communicate with an embassy or consulate on behalf of any individual.
  • A visa letter will not be issued to any individual who has requested a visa letter for 2 consecutive years but never attended the Forum.

If a letter of invitation is needed, the Forum participant must:

  • Be registered to attend the NIDA International Forum.
  • Submit their request to the NIDA International Program via email at ip@nida.nih.gov.
  • Ensure the request includes the following participant information:
    • First/Given Name (as it appears on the passport)
    • Last/Family Name (as it appears on the passport)
    • Email Address (must be the same as used for registration)
    • Forum Registration Confirmation Number
    • Organization or Institution Name
    • City and Country
    • Country of Citizenship
    • Location of Embassy or Consulate Where Visa Application Will Be Processed (include city and country) 

Traveling to the United States

Many Forum participants who are not U.S. citizens will be required to obtain a visa to enter the United States. You should apply for this document BEFORE you book travel.

Find out if you need a visa to enter the United States by using the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Wizard at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html.

Learn about the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) by viewing the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol website, https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/esta.

Additional tools on the website will help you determine which visa to apply for, complete an online application, and discover how long you will have to wait for an in-person interview.

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Visiting San Diego, California

The 2018 Forum will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the CPDD main conference hotel in San Diego, California. Learn more about the conference hotel and surrounding area

View of San Diego from the water

San Diego Visitor Information

San Diego Transportation Options

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    2018 NIDA International Forum

    June 8-11, 2018
    San Diego, California

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