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The European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs (ERANID) has announced plans to fund €4 million in multidisciplinary, transnational research investigating processes underlying the dynamics of drug use pathways and transitions between types of drug use. Funding organizations in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and the Netherlands will support researchers from their own nations working in networks with colleagues from other participating countries. Details are available here.

NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D.; Carlo Giovanardi, Undersecretary for the Family, Drugs and Civil Service, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy; and Giovanni Serpelloni, M.D., Department for Anti-drug Policies (DAP), Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy, agreed July 25, 2011, to foster mutually beneficial research and research training to improve the diagnosis and treatment of drug abuse and addiction.

The memorandum of understanding cited three research areas of particular interest for the two agencies:

Building on the 2011 Binational Agreement between NIDA and the Italian Department for Anti-Drug Policies (DAP), NIDA staff and grantees taught a module of the National School on Addiction, which was held March 12–13, 2012, in Italy.

As part of the ongoing collaboration under the binational agreement between NIDA and the Italian Department for Antidrug Policies, the NIDA Intramural Research Program (IRP) and researchers at the Catholic University of Rome will conduct joint clinical studies on reducing alcohol consumption. The Italian principal investigator is Giovanni Addolorato, M.D. The research plan was agreed upon during meetings that were held November 6–14, 2012, in Rome and Verona, where NIDA Director Nora D.

Building on the 2011 binational agreement between NIDA and the Italian Department for Anti-Drug Policies (DAP), Italy has translated the NIDA website, Easy-to-Read Drug Facts, into Italian. The easy-to-read website features pictures and videos to help readers understand the text about drug abuse, addiction, and treatment. The pages are easy to print out to share with people who do not have computers.