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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.

The 2014–2015 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows met with federal officials April 1 and 2 to learn about research priorities, initiatives, and resources offered by NIDA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., and Associate Director Dale Weiss hosted the fellows at NIDA. The following NIDA staff spoke with the fellows: Carmen Rosa, M.S., Center for the Clinical Trials Network; Cora Lee Wetherington, Ph.D., Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research; Richard A.

The 11 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows for 2014–2015 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 September 17–18, 2014, NIDA International Program Associate Director Dale Weiss and NIDA International 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.

Since the start of the fall term at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the 2013 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows have met with officials from NIDA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and U.S. Department of State.

Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellowship host universities each have teamed with a local college or university to broaden the impact of the program to the selected fellows as well as to faculty and students.

Embassies around the world are now accepting applications for the 2013–2014 NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellowship, which supports a 10-month training program for midcareer drug abuse professionals from eligible countries. The NIDA International Program partners with the U.S. State Department to support fellows who participate in a combination of academic courses at Virginia Commonwealth, Johns Hopkins, Emory, or Tulane universities, and a professional affiliation with an Institute grantee.

NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellows at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) marked the end of their fellowships at the Humphrey Fellowship Year-End Retreat, May 6–8, 2012, in Rocky Gap, Maryland. The retreat gathered all 204 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows who had participated in 1 of 18 host university programs. Brian Morales of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement encouraged the substance abuse fellows to put the networking skills they learned as Hubert H.

Earlier this month, the NIDA International Program welcomed 27 fellows from as many nations as part of an orientation for new fellowship awardees. International Program Director Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., and Associate Director Dale Weiss hosted the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows from Virginia Commonwealth University and Johns Hopkins University, who were joined by NIDA INVEST and INVEST/CTN fellows for the 3-day orientation.

More than 200 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows from 93 countries descended on Washington, D.C., this fall to participate in the time-honored Global Leadership Forum. A 4-day event sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education (IIE), the Forum offers the fellows the opportunity to learn more about U.S. institutions, Federal agencies, and international organizations.

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.

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