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INVEST/CTN Fellow Discusses Drug Abuse in Nepal

In a February 25, 2015, presentation for the University of Washington Nepal Speaker Series, Chandra K. Jha, Ph.D., reviewed relapse risks among Nepalese drug users and described evidence-based recommendations to provide drug detoxification and rehabilitation services in the country. A native of Nepal, Dr. Jha is an INVEST/CTN Drug Abuse Research Fellow working with University of Washington professor Dennis M. Donovan, Ph.D., at the Pacific Northwest Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network.

CTN Meeting Focuses on International Collaboration

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.

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/CTN Drug Abuse Research Fellowship

Application Deadline: April 1

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program and the Center for Clinical Trials Network (CCTN) have joined forces to offer INVEST/CTN Fellowships to non-U.S. scientists who will work with a mentor affiliated with one of the Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Regional Research and Training Centers.


Fellowships for Postdoctoral Training

NIDA Selects Three INVEST-CTN Fellows

NIDA has selected researchers from Australia, Chile, and India as INVEST-Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Fellows for 2010–2011:

INVEST-CTN Fellow Focuses on Family Therapy

INVEST-Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Fellow Mario Zapata, M.D., M.Sc., focused primarily on brief strategic family therapy and ended his fellowship year by submitting a grant application to fund a pilot project testing the effectiveness of the brief strategic family therapy protocol in Colombia. Working at the CTN Florida Node at the University of Miami, Dr.

INVEST/CTN Fellow Targets Methamphetamine Use Among Filipino Adolescents

INVEST/Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Fellow Leonardo R. Estacio, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H., spent his fellowship year focused on behavioral therapies to reduce methamphetamine abuse among adolescent Filipinos.

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.

INVEST/CTN Fellowships Contribute to Clinical Research Advances

Recently, two INVEST/Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Drug Abuse Research Fellows completed their 12-month postdoctoral fellowships, having acquired significant experience in conducting clinical trials and genotyping, respectively: