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AMECA Symposium Examines Links Between Psychological Trauma, Early Life Adversity, and Addiction

A symposium organized by the Africa and the Middle East Congress on Addiction (AMECA) focused on the impact of exposure to psychological trauma and early life adversity on addictive and related mental health disorders. The symposium also reported on the role of social environmental factors in promoting resiliency and brain plasticity. The meeting was held in Entebbe, Uganda, on June 14, 2017, in collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience in Africa.

Prevention Program Run by Former NIDA Humphrey Fellow Honored

Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL) received the Drug Control Addiction Award from Edutainment Africa for its drug and substance abuse prevention programs. Former NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Rogers Kasirye (2011-2012) is executive director of UYDEL. The nongovernmental organization conducts HIV and substance abuse prevention programs as well as rehabilitation and life skills training for children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 30.