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NIDA Selects New INVEST and INVEST/CTN Fellows

Scientists from Greece, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and The Netherlands have been awarded NIDA INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowships, and a scientist from China has been awarded a NIDA INVEST/Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Drug Abuse Research Fellowship. The awards provide postdoctoral training with a NIDA grantee in the United States. The new INVEST Fellows are:

INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellowship

Application Deadline: April 1

Fellowships

Fellowships for Postdoctoral Training

INVEST Fellow Validates Noninvasive Drug-Testing Methods

INVEST Fellow Dr. Marta Concheiro Guisán, Spain, ended her successful drug abuse research fellowship having developed and validated two new, noninvasive methods to quantify the level of licit and illicit drugs in biological samples from opiate-dependent patients, as well as publishing several scientific articles and presenting her research at scientific meetings. The new methods developed by Dr. Concheiro and her mentor, Dr.

INVEST Fellow To Investigate Opioid Maintenance Treatment Adherence

Perrine Roux, Pharm.D., Ph.D., French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), has been selected as a NIDA INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellow. She will work with Sandra D. Comer, Ph.D., Columbia University, to better define the concept of nonadherence to opioid maintenance treatment with buprenorphine/naloxone and to validate a tool to measure nonadherence using a self-administered questionnaire.

NIDA Welcomes New Fellows

NIDA staff welcomed 26 fellows from 22 nations as part of an orientation for new fellowship awardees. International Program Director Dr. Steven W. Gust and Associate Director Dale Weiss hosted the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows from Virginia Commonwealth University, Johns Hopkins University, and Emory University, who were joined by NIDA INVEST and INVEST/CTN Fellows, and a DISCA awardee for the 3-day orientation.

NIDA Announces Another INVEST Award

Hongqiang Sun, M.D., Ph.D., China, has been selected to receive a 2010–2011 NIDA International Visiting Scientists and Technical Exchange Program (INVEST) Drug Abuse Research Fellowship. He will be working with mentor Thomas R. Kosten, M.D., at the Baylor College of Medicine and DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center in Houston, Texas, to investigate the effectiveness of pharmaceutical interventions for smoking cessation.

New Fellows Get Oriented to Research Resources in U.S.

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.

New INVEST Fellow Investigates Cognitive Enhancer

New INVEST Drug Abuse Research Fellow Sujung Yoon, M.D., Ph.D., South Korea, will spend 12 months under the mentorship of Perry F. Renshaw, F.M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., The Brain Institute, University of Utah, to focus on the application of multinuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy markers of brain health in response to treatment.

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