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The Spanish Scientific Society of Alcohol and Drugs (Socidrogalcohol) has presented its Gold Pin Award and honorary membership to NIDA employee Ivan Montoya, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Montoya, who is deputy director of the Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse, was honored for his efforts in promoting drug abuse research in Spain and his outstanding support of training initiatives for addiction investigators and treatment professionals. Dr. Montoya is only the eighth person to receive the Socidrogalcohol Gold Pin Award, which is the society’s highest honor.

As part of the ongoing binational collaboration on drug abuse research between NIDA and the Spanish Plan Nacional sobre Drogas (PNSD), Spanish researchers may apply for funding from PNSD to support brief research visits with NIDA-funded investigators in the United States.

A recent meeting in Spain brought together professionals in addiction, addiction psychiatry, and mental health to share knowledge and recent research advances about dual disorders.

New Spanish investigators learned about drug abuse research opportunities during a continuing professional education course April 17–18, 2013, before the Spanish Scientific Society of Studies on Alcohol, Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (Socidrogalcohol) conference, which was held in Murcia, Spain. Ivan Montoya, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of the NIDA Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse, cochaired the course with Socidrogalcohol President Julio Bobes, M.D.

Sixteen NIDA-supported researchers presented their research earlier this fall in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) International Conference. This year’s meeting focused on transdisciplinary approaches to current research agendas and the future of addiction research and treatment.

NIDA has signed letters of understanding to cooperate on biomedical and behavioral drug abuse research with the following institutions: