Researchers from Iran and Peru have been selected to receive the 2016 CPDD International Committee Travel Awards. NIDA, the World Health Organization, the University of Miami, and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) support the award for drug abuse-related public health researchers from low- or middle-income countries to participate in the NIDA International Forum, the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting, and associated research training activities. As part of the award, NIDA and University of Miami funds support a research visit to a U.S.-based research institution.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, welcomes NIDA Hubert H. Humphrey Drug Abuse Research Fellow Asia Ashraf, Pakistan, to the Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation on the World Drug Problem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you or a colleague interested in drug abuse research training in the United States? Learn more about the NIDA International Program research fellowship and exchange opportunities during a 1-hour webinar on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. eastern time.
Six research training fellowships are available for:
Researchers from Australia, Canada, China, Ecuador, and Mexico briefed participants about their research during the international session at the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Steering Committee Meeting. The meeting was held April 15–16, 2015, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. INVEST/CTN fellow Chandra Jha, Ph.D., Australia, discussed his study of factors related to relapse among former and relapsed Nepali drug users, and how public health strategies can minimize relapse risks. His fellowship mentor is Dennis Donovan, Ph.D., University of Washington.