International Sites, New Partner Expand Drug Facts Week
Drug abuse professionals in 13 nations, many of them former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows, held events in conjunction with the 2016 National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). NIDA began the program in 2010 to counteract misinformation disseminated by the Internet, television, movies, music, or friends. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism joined the effort in 2016, and the event was renamed NDAFW. More than 1,800 events were held in all 50 states, including Chat Day, which provides teens with evidence-based answers to their questions about drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and mental health issues. Event organizers can download materials and planning guides from the NIDA website.
The 2015–2016 NIDA Humphrey Fellows hosted two events near the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) host university campus in Richmond, Virginia. Mariana Azcarraga, Mexico; Asia Ashraf, Pakistan; Jessica Beltran, Peru; Anthony Coetzer-Liversage, South Africa; and Rogers Mutaawe, Uganda, led the planning team for events coordinated with a local high school, VCU Library Services, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, and the Human Services Club at Reynolds Community College.
2014–2015 NIDA Humphrey Fellow Yu Yu Aung, Burma (Myanmar), organized several events in her country in collaboration with her organization, community youth groups, and volunteers. More than 85,000 daily readers received drug use prevention messages through Fact4Teens, a Burmese-language Facebook page providing drugs and sex education. Each post was shared about 200 times; the most popular was about glue sniffing, which received 2,500 likes and was shared by 489 readers. A post about the benefits of smoking cessation got the highest number of comments (146) and led to follow-up with posts featuring tips for stopping smoking. A poster show for four high schools attracted more than 3,000 young people, and students at another high school participated in an interactive discussion session.
In addition, NDAFW events were held in Bangladesh, the Cayman Islands, Ghana (2), India, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar (2), South Africa, Tajikistan, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zambia. Bloggers cited NDAFW in posts from Ethiopia, Sweden, and Turkey. To find out more about NDAFW, visit the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NIDA, NIAAA, and Inserm Review Research Advances and Potential Areas of Collaboration, Announce New NIDA–Inserm Fellows
NIDA International Program Associate Director Dale Weiss, right, presents a certificate to the newest NIDA-Inserm Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Celine Nicolas, University of Poitiers.
Officials and grantees from NIDA, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (Inserm) met in Paris to review research advances, set priorities for future binational collaboration on addiction research, and introduce the 2015 NIDA–Inserm Postdoctoral Drug Abuse Research Fellows. NIDA grantees Paul Kenny, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, and Terry Jernigan, University of California, San Diego, delivered keynote addresses summarizing research advances. NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, NIAAA Director George Koob, and Inserm Chairman Yves Lévy presented their visions and perspectives on the future of addiction research. Dr. Volkow chaired a roundtable discussion on the biomarkers of addiction that included a presentation by NIDA grantee Laura Bierut, Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Koob chaired a roundtable discussion on cellular and molecular mechanisms of addiction that included presentations by NIDA grantees Marina Wolf, University of Chicago, and Peter Kalivas, Medical University of South Carolina. NIDA Division of Neuroscience and Behavior Director Joni Rutter served as rapporteur for that session. NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust Gust, NIAAA International Program Officer Peggy Murray, and Inserm Department of Evaluation and Monitoring Programs Director Anne Jouvenceau discussed funding opportunities. The National Institutes of Health delegation also met with Inserm researchers at the University of Bordeaux, where they discussed possible binational collaboration on the French Internet-based Students HeAlth Research Enterprise (i-SHARE), a 10-year longitudinal study of 30,000 university students that will track prevalence and consequences of diseases and their risk factors in young adults; develop intervention trials; test strategies for sampling, prevention, and health coverage; and support multidisciplinary biomedical research about the physiopathological or psychopathological mechanisms of migraine, mental health, infections, risk behaviors, addiction, and accidents. The meetings were held November 9–13, 2015, at Inserm facilities in Paris and Bordeaux.
Dale Weiss, NIDA International Program associate director, and Mireille Guyader, Inserm, introduced the new NIDA–Inserm Postdoctoral Drug Abuse Research Fellows. The fellowships provide 6 to 12 months of rigorous postdoctoral research training in the United States (for French applicants) or France (for U.S. applicants), and are renewable once. The fellows are:
- Vivien Zell, Ph.D., University of Strasbourg. A 2014–2015 NIDA–Inserm Fellow, Dr. Zell will spend a second year investigating how glutamate-releasing neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) contribute to brain function at the molecular, physiological, and behavioral levels and alter the reinforcement mechanisms that contribute to addiction. Dr. Zell observed that VTA glutamate terminals co-release the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA in the ventral pallidum and the lateral habenula (LHb), which has implications for brain function that may alter reward-related behavioral responses in specific contexts. He will conduct a new set of experiments using a pharmacosynthetic technique to test the function of glutamate/GABA co-release from VTA neurons projecting to the LHb. He also will study the physiological consequences of co-packaging of dopamine and glutamate in the same single presynaptic vesicles using a novel mutation that allows for selective overexpression of the vesicular glutamate transporter in dopamine neurons. Dr. Zell’s mentor is Thomas Hnasko, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego.
- Celine Nicolas, Ph.D., University of Poitiers. Dr. Nicolas will combine behavioral research with optogenetic and chemogenetic techniques to better understand the causal relationship between brain circuits and drug-seeking behavior. She will investigate the role of central amygdala neurons projecting to the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis in response to stressful events in rats that have self-administered cocaine. These studies may shed light on the neural mechanisms involved in drug craving and relapse. Dr. Nicolas’s mentor is NIDA Intramural Research Program Senior Investigator Satoshi Ikemoto, Ph.D.
NIDA Participates in Meetings Focused on International Standards and Curricula
NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust and several NIDA grantees and former fellows participated in a series of international meetings held December 7–11, 2015, in Vienna, Austria. The expert meetings focused on developing and disseminating training curricula and building international standards for the prevention of drug use and treatment of drug use disorders. Former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows Tay Bian How (Malaysia, 1994–1995) and Alexandra Hill (El Salvador, 2005–2006) discussed dissemination strategies during the peer review of the Universal Treatment Curriculum. Dr. Tay directs the International Centre for Certification and Education of Addiction Professionals at the Colombo Plan, and Ms. Hill leads the Demand Reduction Section of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) at the Organization for American States. Dr. Gust also discussed U.S. research in substance abuse at a meeting organized by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Participants in the INL Focal Point meeting included representatives from the Vienna embassies of 15 nations. Other former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows who participated in the meetings included 2011–2012 Fellow Eugene Dordoye, a psychiatrist with the Mental Health Authority of the Ghanaian Ministry of Health; 2003–2004 Fellow Riza Sarasvita, director of community-based drug treatment at the Indonesian National Narcotic Board; 1991–1992 Fellow Isidore S. Obot, a psychology professor at the University of Uyo, Nigeria, and founder of the Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse; and 1995–1996 Fellow Lubomír Okruhlica, chief medical expert for drug addiction of the Slovak Republic Ministry of Health and director of the Centre for the Treatment of Drug Dependencies.
NIDA, EMCDDA Cosponsor Session at Lisbon Addiction Meeting
NIDA grantee Robert L. Balster, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust participated in the First European Conference on Addictive Behaviors and Dependencies, held September 23–25, 2015, in Lisbon, Portugal. NIDA and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) cosponsored a session focused on ways to promote synergies and sustainability in addiction research capacity building and program implementation. Dr. Gust discussed NIDA’s research capacity-building efforts, and Dr. Balster discussed the NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellowships and the International Programme in Addiction Studies, an online master’s degree program offered by the University of Adelaide, Australia; King’s College, London; and VCU. Dr. Gust also chaired a session of oral presentations on research methods and analysis. Former NIDA fellows who presented during the conference included 2012 INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellow Jan Klimas (Ireland) and NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows Roumen Sedefov (1994–1995, Bulgaria), Lubomir Okruhlica (1995–1996, Slovak Republic), David Otiashvili (2003–2004, Georgia), Tomas Zabransky (2003–2004, Czech Republic), and Roman Gabrhelik (2010–2011).
Webinar Series, SfN Presentation Focus on NIDA International Fellowship Opportunities
NIDA International Program Associate Director Dale Weiss is coordinating a series of webinars on the Institute’s international fellowship opportunities. The first webinar focused on the NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellowships for midcareer professionals from selected countries, the U.S.–Mexico Drug Abuse Prevention Research Fellowship for postdoctoral preventionists from Mexico, and the INVEST/Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Drug Abuse Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers. The November 18, 2015, session attracted nearly 100 participants from 41 countries. Speakers included Ms. Weiss; Jacqueline Lloyd and Rich Jenkins, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research; Carmen Rosa, Center for the Clinical Trials Network; and former Hubert H. Humphrey, U.S.–Mexico, and INVEST/CTN fellows who offered advice for potential applicants. The next webinar will feature the NIDA–Inserm Postdoctoral Drug Abuse Research Fellowships for U.S. and French Scientists. Ms. Weiss also discussed postdoctoral funding opportunities for international researchers during a symposium titled “NIH and Early- Career Investigators: What You Need To Know.” The meeting was held October 19, 2015, at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Nancy Pilotte, NIDA Division of Neuroscience and Behavior, organized and moderated the symposium.
2016 NIDA International Forum Registration Opens February 29
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Travel Award Notification: February 29, 2016
Meeting Registration Opens February 29, 2016
Visa Letters Issued February 29–May 16, 2016
Following new procedures, the meeting registration site for the 2016 NIDA International Forum will open February 29, after travel award notifications are sent. The change in procedures means that applicants will know before they register for the meeting whether their abstract has been accepted for poster presentation and if they have been selected to receive a travel award. For participants who require a formal letter of invitation to the 2016 meeting in order to obtain a U.S. visa, the NIDA International Program will issue the letters only between February 29 and May 16, 2016. Requests will require 7 business days to process.
In Women’s Group Seeks Submissions for Annotated Bibliography To Be Released at 2016 Conference
Friday, June 10, 2016
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For more information, contact InWomen’s Chair Wendee Wechsberg, Ph.D., at email@example.com.*
The International Women’s and Children’s Health and Gender Group (InWomen’s) maintains an annotated bibliography titled Key Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Articles Focused on Women’s Issues From Around the World. Researchers are invited to submit new publications in the field of substance abuse use among women, children, youth, LGBTQ, and/or gender difference globally. The InWomen’s Annotated Bibliography Committee encourages authors and readers to submit relevant articles that have a treatment or prevention component. Submitters should use this form.
NIDA Supports Scholarships for a U.S. Participant in the Dutch Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction
Application Deadline: March 15, 2016
The NIDA International Program will provide two full-tuition scholarships to a U.S. researcher working in the United States and accepted for the 2016 Dutch Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction. The 2-week, multidisciplinary summer training program in addiction research focuses on the intersection of policy models, prevention, and evidence-based treatment and ways to bridge the gap between research and practice. Dennis McCarty, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University, is academic director of the Dutch Summer Institute.
NIDA, ANRS Select Drug Abuse and HIV Research Fellow
Rubén Muñoz, Ph.D., a researcher and teacher at the Latino American Faculty of Social Science (FLACSO) of Ecuador, has been awarded a NIDA-ANRS Drug Abuse and HIV Research Fellowship. NIDA and the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS) created the 12-month postdoctoral research fellowship to advance scientific understanding of the linkages between drug abuse and HIV while fostering multinational research. Dr. Muñoz will explore factors that influence individuals’ vulnerability to HIV infection in migratory venues where they engage in sexual practices while under the influence of alcohol and/or other noninjected drugs. The qualitative study will focus on the migratory patterns of 18- to 25-year old, undocumented, Central American men who have sex with men and/or women in Chiapas, Mexico. Dr. Muñoz will describe and analyze the participants’ social representations regarding HIV/AIDS, condom use as a means of protection against HIV/AIDS, modes of transmission of the disease, the health illness/care-control process, and unsafe sex while under the influence of alcohol and/or other noninjected drugs. Dr. Muñoz’s mentor is Kimberly Brouwer, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego.
NIDA, U.S. Department of State Welcome Humphrey Fellows
The 12 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows for 2015–2016 have begun their studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), met with NIDA officials, and participated in the U.S. Department of State Global Leadership Forum for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows. On October 1–2, 2015, NIDA International Program Associate Director Dale Weiss and Fellowships Administrator Lisa Jordre briefed the VCU cohort about NIDA’s mission, international priorities, and programs to promote collaborative research and scientific exchange about drug abuse and addiction. They also met with each fellow individually to learn about the fellow’s goals, identify National Institutes of Health (NIH) resources for them, and suggest potential professional affiliations. The NIDA International Program staff members accompanied the fellows to briefings from the Richmond City Health Department on local community services, resource centers, and programs in epidemiology, health promotion, adolescent health, and prenatal and maternity services. In October, 167 fellows from 90 countries participated in the Global Leadership Forum for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows hosted by the U.S. Department of State. During that event, Ms. Weiss and Brian Morales, U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), led a discussion session about drug abuse and its consequences for health, social, economic, education, and criminal justice systems. Mr. Morales invited interested fellows to work with INL’s international partners in implementing demand reduction programs. Following the Global Leadership Forum, small groups of NIDA Humphrey Fellows from VCU met with NIDA officials—including Brian Marquis, Public Information and Liaison Branch, and Carmen Rosa, Center for the Clinical Trials Network—and officials from the NIH Clinical Center Rehabilitative Medicine Program. On January 21, 2016, the fellows toured the National Library of Medicine and met with NIDA staff, including Geoffrey Laredo, Office of Science Policy and Communications; Jacqueline Lloyd, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research; and Ivan Montoya, Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences.
The 2015–2016 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows are:
- Asia Ashraf (Pakistan) Ms. Ashraf is director of rehabilitation and head of the psychology department at the Sunny Trust International Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre. She is a national trainer for the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program. During her fellowship, Ms. Ashraf hopes to increase her knowledge of addiction treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention services and to learn new counseling techniques. She will focus on effective services for children, adolescents, women, and persons involved in the criminal justice system.
- Mariana Azcárraga (Mexico) A psychiatrist, Dr. Azcárraga also teaches medical students and has research experience in biological psychiatry. She is a member of the Experimental Psychiatry Laboratory, which employs neuroimaging and neurophysiological methods to study brain disease. During her fellowship, Dr. Azcárraga wants to expand her knowledge of the origins, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of addiction and to explore partnerships for research to help address drug abuse problems in vulnerable populations.
- Dr. Jessica Beltran (Peru) In addition to her medical degree, Dr. Beltran holds a master’s degree in epidemiological research and has received advanced training at the University of Amsterdam in international drug policy. A researcher at the Peruvian National Institute of Health, Dr. Beltran conducts qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method studies to help government officials make evidence-based public health decisions. She has been collaborating on the introduction of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment protocols for vulnerable populations in Peruvian health care settings. During her fellowship, Dr. Beltran would like to improve her research skills so that she can conduct studies that would inform the development of more effective prevention and treatment policies and programs.
- Mawouena K. Bohm (Togo) A clinical psychologist, Mr. Bohn holds a master’s degree and serves as deputy coordinator of the Togo National Anti-Drug Committee, where he helps develop and implement the national drug policy and has been in charge of substance abuse prevention, treatment, and training. He also is a trainer for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime TreatNet Program. Mr. Bohm trains health professionals in motivational interviewing and relapse prevention; educates teachers, community leaders, and parents about substance abuse and interventions; and provides technical support to nongovernmental organizations (NGO) on drug demand reduction. During his fellowship, Mr. Bohm plans to enhance his knowledge of evidence-based prevention and treatment programs for youth and to learn more about drug policy.
- Anthony Coetzer-Liversage (South Africa) Mr. Coetzer-Liversage holds a degree in psychology, a master’s degree in clinical pastoral care and counseling, and a postgraduate diploma in addiction care. He chairs a nonprofit organization, which provides substance abuse prevention and treatment services to minority groups, and works with other groups to professionalize addiction service providers nationally and regionally. During his fellowship, Mr. Coetzer-Liversage will focus on developing the skills and knowledge he needs to establish centers of excellence that address substance use prevention, treatment, education, research, policy and advocacy; develop curricula to train substance abuse professionals; and improve grant writing, project management, and human resource management skills.
- Lenka Juríčeková (Slovak Republic) Ms. Juríčeková holds a master’s degree in special education with a focus on counseling people with disabilities. In 2011, she established and led an NGO that supports families with children who have developmental disabilities. Ms. Juríčeková also worked as a psychosocial field worker on a crisis intervention team for children exposed to traumatic events. During her fellowship, Ms. Juríčeková seeks to enhance her skills to help traumatized children strengthen their coping abilities and prevent the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and PTSD-related substance use disorders.
- İlker Kayi (Turkey) A general practitioner, Dr. Kayi also has postgraduate training in public health. He has worked for the Turkish Ministry of Health, led the primary health care unit in a Syrian refugee camp, and helped implement a health education project for seasonal migrant agricultural workers and their families. Dr. Kayi currently works at the Koç University School of Medicine, focusing on health policy, administration, promotion, and education; global health; social determinants of health; community mental health; and epidemiology. Throughout his fellowship year, Dr. Kayi intends to focus on qualitative research methods in order to study the role of collaboration in health policy and health administration on the mental health and tobacco control policies of Turkey and the personal and institutional barriers to collaboration in policy making and implementation.
- Joseph Lahai (Sierra Leone) Mr. Lahai is superintendent of the Scientific Support Unit for the Sierra Leone Police Force, where he conducts scientific analyses and collaborates with the country’s forensic pathologist and other government agencies. He earned his pharmacy degree after rising to lead the police force Anti-Drugs Unit, responsible for investigating all drug-related crimes. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Lahai served as officer-in-charge of the United Nations African Mission Joint Operations Center in Darfur, Sudan. During his fellowship, Mr. Lahai would like to learn more about drug abuse control and increase his skills in forensic toxicology, particularly in the areas of drug and fingerprint analysis, to expand training opportunities for other law enforcement professionals in his country.
- Mohamed Abdelghani Moustafa (Egypt) A psychiatrist, Dr. Abdelghani is a lecturer at Zagazig School of Medicine and a founding member of the first governmental addiction treatment and prevention unit in the Eastern Nile Delta. He is experienced in detox therapy and the management of psychiatric comorbidities. Dr. Abdelghani also works with several NGOs that organize health campaigns in poor, rural areas, trains mental health professionals in psychiatry, and conducts research on substance use disorders. During his fellowship, he will focus primarily on drug abuse prevention and treatment, especially cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and other relapse prevention techniques, as well as the management of substance use disorders in special populations such as adolescents and women.
- Rogers Mutaawe (Uganda) A social worker, Mr. Mutaawe is senior program manager at the Uganda Youth Development Link and is pursuing a master’s degree in human rights. He has implemented community-based substance abuse prevention projects, provided counseling and rehabilitation services to young drug users, conducted substance abuse awareness sessions with students, and participated in advocacy efforts to influence the development of Uganda’s national alcohol policy. In addition, he has been involved in the planning and execution of two alcohol research projects in collaboration with Georgia State University, and he co-authored three reports about the state of alcohol and drug abuse and alcohol regulation in Uganda. During his fellowship, Mr. Mutaawe wants to learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of community prevention and policy programs, influence the development of alcohol and drug policies, and conduct alcohol and drug abuse research.
- Usman Shamim (Pakistan) Mr. Shamim, who holds a master’s degree in international relations, is program director for Balochistan Development Initiatives, an organization that provides water and sanitation facilities, prevents environmental degradation, protects natural resources, and provides education and health services to poor communities. He served as a resource panelist for a guidebook on drug outreach programs in Asia published by the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program in Sri Lanka. Mr. Shamim’s goals for his fellowship include enhancing his knowledge about substance abuse counseling and treatment, as well as program evaluation, so that he can expand and improve the treatment services available in Pakistan.
- Nataša Tomić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) A doctor who specializes in rehabilitation medicine, Dr. Tomić also holds a master’s degree in human resources in health. During the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross and later helped establish community-based rehabilitation and psychosocial support services for adolescents traumatized by the war. For the last 8 years, Dr. Tomić has been the medical director of the Institute for Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, Orthopedic Surgery and Baromedicine, a leading rehabilitation hospital in her country. She has been actively involved in supporting multidisciplinary teams, adopting new rehabilitation services, and implementing standards of care. During her fellowship, Dr. Tomić would like to enhance her knowledge of health systems functioning, health care financing, human resources management, project management, and health promotion, including advocating for persons with disabilities.
Brazilian Research Library Dedicated to Late NIDA Grantee
Mauro Soibelman, left, and Flavio Pechansky stand in front of the plaque dedicating the new library at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Center for Drug and Alcohol Research to James A. Inciardi.
The library at a Brazilian research center was dedicated to the memory of the late NIDA grantee James A. Inciardi of the University of Delaware. Officials at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Center for Drug and Alcohol Research dedicated a new facility October 29, 2015. Dr. Inciardi conducted research in Brazil and was a mentor to 1993–1994 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Flavio Pechansky, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Pechansky is the founding director of the research center in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
NIDA Grantee Cites NIDA International Program Influence on Global Addiction and HIV Research
NIDA grantee George E. Woody, University of Pennsylvania, published an article in Psychiatric Times (October 27, 2015, online at http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/addiction/addiction-aids-and-nida-overseas-program/page/0/1) describing how NIDA International Program fellowships, meetings, and Program Announcements facilitated binational grants and research advances in Brazil, Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine. He reports on international collaborations that led to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of extended-release injectable naltrexone to treat opioid dependence; creation of a Brazilian addiction treatment and research center headed by 1993–1994 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellow Flavio Pechansky; and evidence that methadone and buprenorphine-naloxone may be more effective in treating opioid dependence in Georgia and Ukraine than they are in the United States.
NIDA Seeks International Input on Language Access Program
NIDA has created a Language Access Implementation Plan to ensure that individuals with limited proficiency in English have meaningful access to its resources. The NIDA Language Access Committee is reaching out to the international drug abuse research community to learn about:
- Any existing NIDA resources that may have been translated into other languages
- Plans to translate NIDA resources
- Willingness to assist in translating materials into another language.
If your answer is yes to ANY of the above, please submit your responses via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. * Read more about NIDA's Language Access Implementation Plan here.